UN: Hearing Access Matters! UNSDN Interview with Janice S. Lintz

Today, an estimated 360 million people – over 5% of the world’s population – have disabling hearing loss (328 million adults and 32 million children). According to WHO, limited access to services and exclusion from communication can have a significant impact on the everyday lives of adults and children, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation and frustration. In some developing countries, children with hearing loss and deafness rarely receive any schooling and adults with hearing loss face much higher than average unemployment rates.

In the video below, Ms. Janice S. Lintz, CEO of Hearing Access and Innovations, highlights a number of key areas that need immediate attention when it comes to improving access, globally, for persons with hearing loss, from museums, banks and other places of business, to subways and buses.