Let the Children Hear (LTCH) – a charity dedicated to improving the hearing outcomes of children in developing countries.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 34 million children worldwide living with disabling hearing loss and the majority of those affected live in developing countries. The WHO also states that 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.
The major risk factors are Infectious diseases, ear infections, medicines that damage hearing, birth related causes such as prematurity, low birth weight and birth complications.
Let the Children Hear (LTCH) aims to make a difference by adopting strategies which focus on the prevention and early intervention of childhood hearing loss to aid the development of speech and language, social integration and educational achievement.