A Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Professor Abayomi Somefun, has raised alarm over high prevalence of hearing disorder, disclosing that over 8.5 million of the population suffers from the problem. Somefun identified children as the most vulnerable group to ear defects. He said no fewer than 3.5 million Nigerian children have hearing problems. “The most recent survey on National survey on hearing impairment and deafness in Nigeria shows that about 3.5 million children within the age of 0 to 15 years are affected with Disabling Hearing Impairment, DHI, while those aged 16 to 90 years account for 5 million of the burden.” Speaking at the 2016 International Conference of the Speech Pathologist and Audiologist in Nigeria, SPAAN, held in Lagos, Somefun said lack of diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment, coupled with inadequate manpower and training facilities in the country, worsen the situation.

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