Governments deaf to hearing loss, says WHO

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

Around one in four people across the world could be affected with a form of hearing loss by 2050. Yet, many countries lack proper audiological care. Anil K. Lalwani, a health director at Columbia University, notes, “the absence of ready access to hearing health across the globe is a modern travesty of monumental proportions.”

Vaccination, improvement in maternal care, and similar methods are all ways to prevent hearing loss in children. In adults, safe listening and good ear hygiene are crucial for maintaining long-term hearing.

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Edited by Stephanie Stott, Staff Writer.

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