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Deafness in the developing world: the place of cochlear implantation

  • M B Tarabichi (a1), C Todd (a2), Z Khan (a2), X Yang (a3), B Shehzad (a3) and M M Tarabichi (a4)...

Abstract

Introduction:

This paper attempts to review changes in the lives of hearing-impaired patients within the developing world, brought about by globalisation and development. The paper also explores limitations to improved care and addresses the collective moral responsibility of developed nations.

Methods:

Analysis of literature.

Results:

Within developing nations, large populations have emerged with a similar pattern of problems, access to information and aspirations as those living in developed nations. However, marked differences in income have persisted. These trends have resulted in a relative increase in the proportion of the hearing-impaired population in need of cochlear implantation, while at the same time restricting their access to such treatment.

Conclusions:

The emergence of global markets and media and a shared sense of destiny amongst the people of this planet should translate into a concerted, worldwide effort to assist the deaf in developing countries. Much more can be done within existing resources and frameworks to improve the quality of these peoples' lives.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Muaaz Tarabichi, American Hospital Dubai, PO Box 5566, Dubai, UAE. Fax: 0097143096850 E-mail: mtarabichi@ahdubai.com

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Deafness in the developing world: the place of cochlear implantation

  • M B Tarabichi (a1), C Todd (a2), Z Khan (a2), X Yang (a3), B Shehzad (a3) and M M Tarabichi (a4)...

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