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

Journal Article (Editorial)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McMahon, CM; Nieman, CL; Thorne, PR; Emmett, SD; Bhutta, MF

Published Date

  • May 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 459 - 463

PubMed ID

  • 33733605

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1749-4486

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1749-4478

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/coa.13756


  • eng