hearing health

Hearing loss in Viet Nam

Hearing loss is common in Viet Nam, with as many as 3,000,000 persons affected. With Viet Nam's growing ageing population, this prevalence is expected to increase. In Viet Nam, the newborn hearing screening results showed that every 3 per 1,000 newborns have a hearing loss. Assuming a birth rate of 1,000,000 per year, there would be nearly 30,000 young persons in Viet Nam, aged 19 years and below, born with a hearing loss. This figure excludes many more with hearing loss acquired later in life. In Viet Nam, 30% of adults 60 years and above feel they have a hearing loss. 30% reported having difficulties following conversations in the presence of background noise (e.g. noise from a TV or radio; traffic noise in the street; people talking at other tables in crowded restaurants).