One in every 113 people globally is an asylum seeker or a refugee, according to the United Nations. Those who flee conflicts in their home countries often face hardships and dangers as they search for a safer place. Once they escape, they confront a sometimes even more difficult challenge to re-settle; a process all made more difficult for refugees with hearing loss.
The “invisible disability” is not usually thought of as a priority for refugees. Safety, food and serious health challenges often come first.
But earlier this year, a team from a Chicago-based nonprofit, Deaf Planet Soul, declared hearing health a top concern among Syrian refugees, as they traveled to Lebanon – a county where an estimated 2.2 million Syrian refugees seek asylum – to provide audiological services to those in need.
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