The inaugural World Report on Hearing: from barriers to a platform for change

Catherine M. McMahon*, Carrie L. Nieman, Peter R. Thorne, Susan D. Emmett, Mahmood F. Bhutta

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Abstract

The inaugural World Report on Hearing was recently published by the World Health Organisation, and outlines the burden of hearing loss, and strategies to overcome this through preventative and public health approaches. Here, we identify barriers to wide-scale adoption, including historic low prioritisation of hearing loss against other public health needs, a lack of a health workforce with relevant training, poor access to assistive technology, and individual and community-level stigma and misunderstanding. Overcoming these barriers will require multi-sector stakeholder collaboration, involving ear and hearing care professionals, patients, communities, industry and policymakers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Otolaryngology
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • barriers to care
  • burden of hearing loss
  • World Report on Hearing

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