Over 5% of the world’s population – some 360 million people – has disabling hearing loss.
Over 32 million of those are children.
Hearing impairment is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. If hearing loss were officially considered a disability, it would rank as the largest disability class in the United States!
Hearing care can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a hearing-impaired person. Even in developed countries like the U.S., the cost of hearing care can be out of reach for many families.
Cost isn’t the only factor.
When you can’t hear, you live in a silent world of isolation and your hearing isn’t the only thing affected.
Hearing loss can change how you feel about yourself and what you believe you can accomplish.
When you are unable to communicate with others, it can destroy your confidence. The gift of hearing changes everything. When you can hear, you become part of the society around you and able to enjoy all of the experiences that “hearing” people take for granted.