Over 1.5 billion people are affected by hearing loss. Of them, nearly 1 out of 3 need hearing care, and 80% live in low- and middle-income countries. Unaddressed hearing loss costs over USD980 billion annually. This is the high cost of inaction.
The paper, published in The Lancet, offers recommendations for health policymakers worldwide to take action. The GBD is a powerful tool for policymakers, health economists, researchers, and many others.
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