Hearing impairments are considered the most prevalent impairments worldwide. The latest figures from the World Health Organization say that 278 million people have moderate to profound hearing impairments, and 80% of these people live in low and middle-income countries.
Hearing impairments in children have severe consequences for the development of speech, language and cognitive skills. Hearing impaired children in developing countries often don’t have access to any form of education.
If a hearing impairment occurs later in life, it can lead to difficulties in obtaining and keeping work. This is especially true in poor countries where there are usually fewer services and trained staff available. Many people with hearing impairments also fall into social isolation and are shunned by members of their community.
The key focus of CBM in preventing the effects of hearing impairments is education. We work with local health personnel and create public awareness of the problem to encourage early detection and management. Screenings in schools enable hearing impairments to be caught in early stages. And, many of the infections that lead to hearing impairments—such as rubella, meningitis, measles and mumps—can be prevented with vaccinations.
When a hearing impairment is already unavoidable, CBM provides hearing aids, rehabilitation and education. CBM supports a number of schools for the deaf.
CBM serves children, women and men with visual, hearing, physical and/or mental disabilities. Some of the disabilities served include:
Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
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