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10 facts on deafness

A doctor cleans the outer ear of a young girl by inserting a probe into the child’s ear. The doctor is wearing a headlamp for adequate lighting of the child’s ear.
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Chronic ear infections are a leading cause of hearing loss

The global prevalence of chronic otitis media (COM) or chronic ear infections ranges from 1-46% in developed and developing countries. COM leads to hearing loss and can cause life-threatening complications and mortality. COM is largely preventable. It can be managed effectively through medical and surgical means.

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