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January 28, 2004

Society to develop ear care programme

From: Times of India, India - Jan 28, 2004


HYDERABAD : Andhra Pradesh Right to Hearing Society, will be formed in the state to prevent and control incidence of deafness, besides rehabilitating people with deafness.

The society, according to a release will be first of its kind in the country. It will be headed by the Chief Minister, while Health Minister would be its vice-chairman. A decision was taken at a meeting convened by health minister Kodela Sivaprasada Rao.

The proposed society will work towards preventing deafness by establishing and enhancing adequate infrastructure for diagnosis and management of deafness. It will also strive to develop high quality ear care programme and facilities for surgical management of deaf patients at all levels.

In addition, the society will develop and offer early intervention programmes for children. It will identify the hearing handicapped population in the state and maintain a state roaster for the purpose.

25,000 children were born deaf or with related problems every year in the country. Due to lack of hearing screening programmes for the new born, the problem goes unidentified and renders the person permanently handicapped.

About 50 per cent of the cases of deafness could be corrected by surgery while the remaining be helped with suitable hearing aids after accurate assessment.

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