The country's one-third population suffer form some sorts of hearing impairments while 9.6% are hearing-impaired, according to a national survey published on Tuesday.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Ear, Nose and Throat department conducted the national survey with assistance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) from January to May in 2013.
Medical experts at the launching of the survey report at a city hotel also noted that the rate of hearing impairment of people below 15 years of age in the country is 2.5% higher than the South Asian average.
They also noted that 50% of the people living with hearing impairment can be cured by proper treatment.
Chaired by BSMMU vice chancellor Pran Gopal Dutta, the launching was also addressed by posts, telecommunication and ICT minister Abdul Latif Siddique and WHO country representative Khaled Hasan.