Hearing Health Care Efforts around the World
Hearing loss has been designated as a serious worldwide health issue by the World Health Organization.
Global humanitarian efforts are aimed at bringing improved hearing health care to developing countries throughout the world.
- medical services
- audiologic services, including the fitting of hearing aids
- hearing aids, often supplied at low or no cost by sponsoring manufacturers
- training to local residents to provide sustainable hearing care services
Audiologists, hearing aid specialists and physicians volunteer their time and expertise by traveling around the world on humanitarian audiology missions, often at their own expense. Many foundations, associations, and manufacturers around the world support these efforts.
For example, the International Hearing Foundation, the Hear The World Foundation, the Oticon Hearing Foundation, and the Starkey Hearing Foundation provide services in virtually every country around the world. The Rotary Foundation supports local Rotarians around the world to provide hearing care services.
Virtually all of these cases of hearing loss are treatable medically or through the use of hearing aids. Unfortunately, for the more than 300 million children and adults in the world with hearing loss, the vast majority remain undetected and untreated.