World Health Organization
Face to face with hearing impairment
Luciano's and Cinthia's stories
WHO/Chris de Bode

Cinthia Mendes Pereira is 21 years old. She lives across town from Luciano. When she was 18 months old she had meningitis. As a result, she lost much of her hearing.

Her case is typical of thousands of children whose hearing loss is caused by infections like meningitis.

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