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Centre for the hearing impaired inaugurated

Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: As per the announcement made by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the assembly session, an Early Diagnostic Centre for the Hearing Impaired was set up in Tuticorin on Thursday.

The centre was inaugurated by P. Geetha Jeevan, Social Welfare Minister and has sophisticated equipment costing Rs. 18.10 lakh.

With the objective of identifying hearing impairment to provide treatment at an early stage, the State Government has extended financial resources to augment facilities through District Differently-Abled Welfare Office to benefit the needy in the southern region.

“Hearing loss is the most common birth defect in India. Many children have not been indentified with hearing impairment until three years of age which is beyond the critical period of healthy speech and language development. An ear infection could cause temporary hearing and speech problems. If left untreated, such problems could become permanent. Hence, hearing screening at birth and routine test throughout childhood is extremely important. Screening with Oto Acoustic Emission (OAE) and Authority Brain stem Response (ABR) is the primary step to early identification and intervention,” M. George Dhas, District Differently Abled Welfare Officer, Tuticorin, said.

The beneficiaries could approach the Department of Differently Abled Welfare on the premises of the Collectorate to screen and diagnose the children to prevent hearing impairment up to the age group of three years.

The Department would also provide intensive early intervention programme. With the availability of staff members, intensive training would be given to admit the children in regular schools when they attained the age group of five to six years, he added.

Tests including ENT evaluation, detailed speech and language evaluation and fitting of hearing aids would be carried out.

Fifty five beneficiaries received financial assistance of Rs. 1,80,400.

Besides, calipers were given to two people. Mayor R. Kasthuri Thangam, K. Sarala, Assistant Director and Speech Therapist, State Commission Office for the Differently Abled Welfare, Chennai, Sailas Jeyamani, Resident Medical Officer, Government Hospital, Tuticorin, Anitha Arockia Prameela, Audiologist, DDWO, Tuticorin, officials from the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, beneficiaries with the parents and the representatives of voluntary organisations attended.

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