Contribute by Namira – 3D3EB
According to the latest research done by World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, there are over 5% of the world population or 466 million people across the globe that has disabling hearing loss. Estimated by 2050, this number will increase into over 900 million people. It can be said that one out of ten people are suffers from disabling hearing loss.
Majority of people with disabling hearing loss, live in low and middle income countries.This turn to be a major problem, because assistive technology turn to be something unreachable for many people with disabilities. Common assistive device used to help people with hearing loss to hear is hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive devices as well as captioning Unfortunately, not only by using hearing aids is less effective, but it is also costly. The average price for hearing aids is $1,500 to $3,000. In Indonesia, these numbers are not just a small number. For a number of Indonesia citizens, this price might be the total number of salaries in a year.
Hard of Hearing (HOH) refers to people with hearing loss in the range of mild to severe. Usually, people with hard of hearing communicate through spoken languages. In the other hand, ‘Deaf’ refers to people with hearing loss in the range of profound, which means that deaf people has no or very little hearing capabilities. Deaf people used to communicate by doing sign language. Whether deaf or hard of hearing leads to difficulty in communication. People with hearing loss might not be able to catch important information and messages that delivers through conversational speech.