BSA Global Outreach SIG and World Hearing Day

World Hearing Day 3rd March 2017 “Action For deafness: Make a sound investment”

March 3rd is World Hearing Day and The World Health Organization are drawing attention to the economic impact of hearing loss in their report “Action For deafness: Make a sound investment.” The report estimates that unaddressed hearing loss costs economy across the globe a whopping $750 billion annually. It reveals that unaddressed hearing loss puts significant costs on healthcare system, other than the cost of hearing aid devices and to society due to social isolation, communication difficulties and stigma globally. It also reveals that there is significant loss of productivity due to unemployment and retirement as well as the additional costs that are required in education to support children with hearing loss.

The report highlights that Action is cost effective such as interventions to prevent hearing loss and ensure that people are diagnoses early, for example, through screening of new born babies; school aged children and for people over 50 years for age related hearing loss. Saving can also be made by providing better rehabilitation to those that already have hearing aids to enable them get effective use from them and improving access to cochlear implants to help those with severe and profound hearing loss. To read the full report please click here. http://www.who.int/pbd/deafness/en/

Whilst in the UK we have good access to free audiology services in the UK and the option of private audiology services, the picture is quite the opposite in other countries across the globe with little or no access to audiology services at all. More needs to be done to raise awareness of hearing loss and the urgent need for audiology and ENT provision globally. We want to highlight and celebrate the great work of many volunteers working within audiology abroad to support projects that have been established to try to fill this void. As you will see, we’ve started to add volunteer stories to the Global Outreach page, but we know that there are lot more volunteers and NGO’s out there who are doing great things and making progress globally.

Do you want to fundraise for Global Outreach?

The BSA has a long history of global outreach work, including many of our members going out to other countries and delivering clinics. Our new Global Outreach SIG would like to support the training and implementation of Audiology clinics in other countries. A group of BSA members are looking to fundraise through a 24-hour race in September. Do you want to be part of this team? Could you fundraise in other ways? If you would like to find out more about this, the work of the BSA Global Outreach Group or would like to submit some volunteer stories, we’d love to hear from you. Contact laura@thebsa.org.uk