· SpHear and ‘I Can hear Foundation’ team up to conduct a special medical camp for hearing screening of children in Patna on Feb 2
· The camp brings to Patna highly specialized experts from Delhi to provide most advanced solutions to children in the city
Patna, Feb 24, 2016: India’s premier dedicated facility to provide hearing and speech solutions, SpHear Speech & Hearing Clinic today conducted a special health camp to screen children with hearing impairment and offer solutions such as cochlear implants, hearing aids and other necessary devices at subsidized rates.
The camp, that brought to Patna highly specialized experts from Delhi, was conducted by SpHear Speech and Hearing Clinic in association with ‘I Can Hear Foundation’. Experts say awareness about the need for early detection, early intervention and advanced solutions for children with hearing impairment in very low in Bihar, even in urban centres like Patna.
Statistics suggest that up to 8 per 1000 children in India are born with hearing impairment ranging from mild to profound. However, almost half of them do not get medical help either due to lack of awareness about possible solutions or financial vulnerability. Hearing impairment can prevent the normal cognitive development of children if not detected and treated early.
“Awareness about the need for early detection and intervention is so low in India that many children fail to get medical attention for a long time and continue to grow without hearing ability even when highly advanced medical solutions exist to help them.
Some others lack financial wherewithal. As part of this project, we are examining patients with hearing problems and offering subsidized cochlear implants for children of financially weak families. Up to 90% of the surgical costs will be subsidized for children who cannot afford the surgery.
With medical help and rehabilitation support, children with hearing impairment can successfully assimilate in the mainstream and do well in life. Unfortunately, despite availability of highly advanced medical solutions for children born with hearing impairment, awareness about solutions is very low in India, even in urban areas like Patna,” says Ms. Neevita Narayan, Audiologist & Founder, SpHear (Speech & Hearing) Clinic.
“Today, with the availability of revolutionary technology it is possible to offer children a hearing solution tailored to their needs. Hearings aids, cochlear implants and auditory brain stem devices can enable children lead normal lives. Children suffering from a profound hearing loss can be immensely helped through cochlear implants.
Even some cases of complete absence of hearing can be successfully treated today by auditory stem implant technology. Unfortunately in India the solutions do not reach all children and many continue to live without help for several years having curtailed cognitive development,” says Dr Ameet Kishore, Senior Consultant Surgeon, ENT at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi & Consultant Surgeon at SpHear Speech and Hearing Clinic.
At the camp, experts conducted hearing testing and provided free of cost consultation to patients. The doctors and audiologists examined children and assessed the kind and degree of hearing loss in them and guided their families about the right recourse and mode of treatment.
This camp initiates a process in which proper counseling is provided to patients requiring Cochlear Implants. The initiative known as ‘Project Ghanti’ takes patients’ families and doctors into confidence before conducting treatments.
SpHear Speech and Hearing clinic has undertaken a mission to offer professional audiological care to patients suffering from speech and hearing problems. The organization excels in conducting hearing screening tests for new born kids. High quality specialized tests are a specialty of SpHear. Moreover, the organization takes pride in the fact that it became the first clinic to introduce the new born hearing screening at states like Bihar and Jharkhand.
SpHear Speech & Hearing Clinic provides the following facilities to its patients:
· Cochlear implants
· Middle ear implants
· Brain Stem Implants (ABI)
· Hearing Aids – wireless: FM
The camp by SpHear Speech & Hearing Clinic was held at SpHear Speech & Hearing Clinic; Shankar Sadan, Rajender Nagar.
About SpHear Speech & Hearing Clinic
At the SpHear Speech & Hearing Clinic we understand that addressing a patient's unique listening needs is the key to helping him/her. SpHear Clinic offers personalized hearing, speech and communication services, in addition to the latest hearing device technology. The organization is dedicated to helping all people, regardless of their age, to improve communication and vocational independence for life.
SpHear Speech & Hearing Clinic is a state-of-the-art clinic established by Neevita Narayan, a Speech & Hearing graduate from AIIMS.