Bridging the Hearing Care Gap in Bhutan
Medtronic LABS joined forces with the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, ADA, The United Nations Technology Bank, MED-EL, and others to revolutionize pediatric ear and hearing care in Bhutan
Untreated hearing loss significantly and permanently impairs speech and language acquisition in children and can have lifelong impact on their quality of life.
And it affects 32 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sixty percent of pediatric hearing loss can be prevented through early detection and the implementation of public health measures, along with the timely provision of diagnosis and treatment services.
In Bhutan, it is estimated that 2.2% of the population has some form of hearing disorder.
“Although this figure might seem small on a global scale, with Bhutan’s population of about 700,000, it’s actually quite significant,” said Country Operations Manager, Arun Khanal. “The need is palpable.”
We have joined forces with the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, ADA, The United Nations Technology Bank (UNTB), MED-EL, and others to revolutionize pediatric ear and hearing care in Bhutan through our Hear, Listen, and Speak program.
Since the start of 2022, Hear, Listen, and Speak has helped over 40,000 children and youth get screened for hearing loss – and its on track to reach roughly 74,000 children and youth.