The Poor Are Hardest Hit by Hearing Loss: World Wide Hearing Supports Better Hearing & Speech Month

Thursday, May 26, 2011 General News J E 4

MONTREAL, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Recent UN World Health Organization estimates indicate that 642 million people suffer from hearing loss. Of these, 208 million people have moderate to severe hearing loss. 70% live in developing countries. Only 1 of 40 hard-of-hearing people will ever have the opportunity to wear a hearing aid.

For children who are hard-of-hearing, not having access to a hearing aid will have a profound negative effect on their expected quality of life, relationships with their families and peers, and access to education and employment. This in turn has a major negative economic impact for society as a whole.

According to Claudio Bussandri, Chairman of World Wide Hearing's international foundation, "The problem is enormous. World Wide Hearing is working on a major breakthrough in the way hearing aids are fitted and delivered to the world's poor and underserved communities. We are on the right track to change the world of hearing."

About World Wide Hearing

World Wide Hearing is an international non-profit organization founded in 2006. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable hearing aids to underserved communities around the world, through an innovative social entrepreneurship program. World Wide Hearing's members include leading audiologists, medical experts and organizations from around the world. The organization has a collaboration agreement with the WHO.

SOURCE World Wide Hearing International



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