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Innovation in medicine and threats to innovation

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:0

About one in 800 children is born with serious hearing impairment, and 60% of people over 70 need a hearing aid (p 622). Most of those born with hearing impairment suffer social isolation and economic and social disadvantage. Sometimes surgery can help, but there are no medical treatments for most of those with sensorineural hearing impairment. As in most of health care, much more remains to be achieved than has been achieved, and Karen Steel describes what the future might hold for those with hearing impairment (p …

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