Improve quality of life with early intervention in hearing loss

Central Chronicle News
Raipur, Mar 04: CME on World Hearing Day was organized by the Department of ENT, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur on Wednesday. Experts from across the country suggested that there is a need for continuous screening of the neonatal and adult population for early intervention in hearing loss. Facilities at the district level should be developed to screen the neonatal and elderly population and to refer them to tertiary level medical facilities.
While inaugurating the CME Prof. (Dr.) Nitin M. Nagarkar, Director and HoD, ENT, AIIMS, Raipur suggested adopting a holistic approach by national health institutions for hearing care for all. ‘There is a need for timely action by policymakers, and inter-sectorial collaboration. Everyone including the general worker has an important role to play. Around 15% of the world population has hearing loss. Regular screening is needed to reduce the number of patients. Hearing loss can have a negative impact on speech and language, cognitive and intellectual ability, and can cause psychiatric disorders. Early intervention by specialists can improve quality of life’, he added.
Prof. Saurabh Varshney, Executive Director, AIIMS Deogarh said that telemedicine can play a pivotal role in hearing loss treatment. ‘With 900 million mobile phones and a higher digital literacy rate in India, Tele otology can be beneficial for patients. Hybrid mode of service delivery is necessary for a large country such as India,’ he said.
Dr. Rupa Mehta, Associate Professor while making a presentation on Hearing Screening for Adults highlighted the risk with police, traffic police, miners, and other vulnerable professionals and suggested regular screening of these professionals in every decade of their life span and after every three years after attaining 50 years of age.
Dr. Ripu Daman Arora, Associate Professor explained different treatments available for hearing loss in neonatal. He suggested early screening at the age of one month in neonatal curing the hearing loss. Dr. Lokesh Kumar Singh explained Psychiatry Disorders due to hearing loss.
Earlier, Dr. Arun Agrawal, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi welcomed all the guests. The CME was also addressed by Dr. Satish Satpute from AIIMS Raipur, Dr. Amit Goyal from AIIMS Jodhpur, Dr. Kranti Bhavana from AIIMS Patna, Dr. C. Preetam from AIIMS Bhubaneswar, and by Dr. Rakesh Kumar from AIIMS Delhi. It was graced by Prof. Alok Agrawal, Dr. Ajoy Behera, and Monalisa Jati.

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