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Tuesday, June 15 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Sound of Hope: Making Hearing Matter in the Developing World

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Hearing loss is a widespread problem that lies at the core of health, education, and economic development. The WHO estimates that at least 4.5% of the world's population has disabling hearing loss that affects their ability to communicate and to participate in education or work. The numbers are even more striking in developing countries where up to 20% of children may fail basic hearing screening exams and there is often little or no access to services for their hearing loss. Fortunately, over half of the cases of hearing loss are preventable through programs that support vaccination, limit access to ototoxic drugs, curb exposures to harmful noise in the workplace, integrate ear and hearing health into primary healthcare, and providing the hearing impaired with adequate services and rehabilitation. This event will explore the critical need and challenges of incorporating these programs into our healthcare goals for developing countries.

Tuesday June 15, 2010 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Governors Room

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