A World Health Organization (WHO) Report, 2017
Millions of people across the world continue to live with the adverse impacts of unaddressed hearing loss and lack access to required ear and hearing care services. While the impact of hearing loss on individuals and families is well established, there have been relatively few attempts to assess at its economic costs, especially in low- and middle-income countries and at the global level. This report provides an analysis of the global costs of hearing loss. The report also highlights other aspects of cost, including the adverse impacts of hearing loss on the potential for individuals to contribute to the economy through participation in paid work. Finally, the analysis considers some of the broader societal impacts of hearing loss and the way in which they can be incorporated into estimates of global cost.