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.
Tarabichi, M., Todd, C., Khan, Z., Yang, X., Shehzad, B. & Tarabichi, M. 2008, 'Deafness in the developing world: the place of cochlear implantation.', The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, vol. 122, no. 9, pp. 877-880.