Approach to Government
One in every thousand are born deaf and many more with Hearing issues. While in most of the patients attended by the audiologist and the ENT surgeon, it is found that the patient had this issue since birth. Many parents don’t even reaIise at the earliest that their child is suffering from hearing issue due to number of reason. This hampers child growth affecting his studies. Lack of hearing leads to lack of concentration and hence affecting his growth in studies and also his social life gets affected leading to isolation. Many grow old and start living with their disability to hear and have issues professionally and personally.
The only method to accurately diagnose a hearing loss is a test which can measure hearing independent of child’s response i.e objective testing. In western countries hearing loss of a severe degree is diagnosed accurately in 98 % of children as compared to less than 20 % in India. This reflects lack of awareness.