Deafness in Myanmar

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To be deaf in a developing country such as Myanmar greatly reduces the opportunities in life available to you.

In 1997 a World Health Organisation survey estimated that 8% or about 4 million people in Myanmar suffered with significant deafness according to WHO criteria. The infrastructure for those with deafness is limited in Myanmar. There is an acute shortage of trained audiology staff, with up until recently only a single state-employed audiologist for 60 million people. Availability of hearing aids is confined to a small number of private commercial dispensers working mainly in the large cities.

If you are born deaf your access to good education is reduced and you are unlikely to develop normal speech and language. When you look for a job you will find that openings are limited and jobs that are available will be poorly paid. In old age you will be socially isolated.


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