World Hearing Day held in Kohima

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Kohima, March 3: Observing the World Hearing Day, doctors from Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) today conducted free screening of school children with ear related problems while also distributing medicines at St. John’s School Merhulietsa Kohima on the theme ‘Hearing for life. Don’t let hearing loss limit you’.
Speaking on the occasion, Sr. Specialist (ENT) Dr. Kedozoto Pienyu said while maintaining that 50 percent of hearing problems are preventable said that early detection and interventions are very crucial for prevention of hearing impairment.
There are 360 million people in the world with hearing impairment out of which 328 million were adults and 32 million of children, he said, adding that ‘out of 1000 life birth 1-3 infants have hearing impairment’.
Hearing impairment is also acquired because of self medication, wax in ear and others, Dr Pienyü said.
State programme officer of National programme for prevention and control of deafness Dr. Tiasunup Pongener highlighted the overview of the programme. He said it was started in the country’s context by the Government of India in 2011.
He also said that parents and specially mothers have a great role in detection of symptoms as they usually spend maximum time with children.
Pongener also urged the teachers to sensitise and create awareness to the students for early detection and prevention.
(Page News Service)