10 facts about deafness

Updated April 2017

Millions of people across the world live with disabling hearing loss. The vast majority live in low- and middle-income countries where they often do not have access to appropriate ear and hearing care services.

Without suitable interventions, hearing loss poses a significant challenge in the lives of those affected. Many causes of hearing loss can be prevented through public health measures. Through rehabilitation, education and empowerment, people with hearing loss can reach their full potential.

Raising awareness and improving access to services at the primary level can help to reduce the prevalence and adverse impact of hearing loss.


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