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WORLD HEARING DAY 2021
Dr. Suni Mariam Mathew, Director
World Hearing Day 2021 marks the launch of an ardent call from WHO and hence the focus of AYJNISHD (D) is for an expeditious action to address hearing loss early with a life span approach!.
THE THEME: EARLY HEARING CARE FOR ALL
Hearing loss is the most common neuro-sensory deficit as it affects about 1 in 1000 newborns, and by the age of 80 approximately half the population has hearing loss significant enough to interfere with effective communication. This may be devoid of or in conjunction with other disabilities or conditions. While reduced hearing perception at any age and stage impedes communication skills, it severely affects the development of language, literacy and scholastic achievements if infants hearing loss goes un-noticed or un-intervened. Research indicates that the decreased auditory input also adversely affects the auditory processing and can have detrimental effects on social, emotional, cognitive, and leading to academic, vocational and economic empowerment. Thus failure or delayed identification and intervention of hearing impairment in children or in adults impede their quality of life.
THE MANTRA: SCREEN. REHABILITATE. COMMUNICATE.
Screening is one of the most basic, but essential strategy in modern public health and preventive medicine. It involves processes and simple tools applied across population in order to identify at-risk individuals at an early stage of a condition needing immediate attention. Like all other health conditions, in case of hearing impairments, it is an is an effective way to detect hearing loss even when there haven’t been many visible signs or symptoms. Timely screening helps early detection and identification of impairments by way of referrals for the right intervention at the right time.
AYJNISHD (D) with its network of regional centers, CRCs and DDRCs is committed to will work round the year to accelerate hearing screening at all levels of ages and stages from new born pediatric wards to geriatric population through its array of programs and camps.
Rehabilitating the individuals with hearing loss means assisting them to overcome their primary impact of impairment so as to avoid the secondary complications of disabling or handicapping conditions of language, speech and communication. It is also aimed to scaffold the individual by providing alternative and augmentative strategies such as communication boards or sign language. Rehabilitation practices are individualized and hence need based and its goal is assisting in all walks and spheres of life from socializing, education, working to recreation. It therefore requires a team approach to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary individualized plan with goals of intervention.
For past several years the parent infant and pre-school programs at AYJNISHD (D) catered to the early language and literacy development and readied children with hearing loss for mainstream education. In 2021 it open doors to a cross disability early identification and intervention program for all infants and children with varying disabilities to address different issues consequential to a single disability or of multiple disabilities. The centre envisages providing a holistic approach of intervention by making specialists in various disabilities holistically address issues for a comprehensive solution.
Communicating helps people to express their ideas and feelings and helps understand emotion, messages and thoughts of the others. Being able to effectively communicate with others is an important life skill of 21st century learning model. Communication, at its simplest, is the act of transferring information from one place to another. It may be vocal using voice, written using printed or digital media such as articles through magazines or websites and visually using graphical information or non-verbally using body language, gestures and signs. It could also be a combination of several of these.
In 2021 it will be the endeavor of AYJNISHD (D) to enhance communication for, and of hearing loss. The thrust will be on communication of evidenced based practices for the betterment of practices in all walks of life from prevention of to rehabilitation of individuals with hearing loss.
AYJNISHD (D) with its steadfast team of professionals believes that the year 2021 will be committed to the cause of ‘hearing health for all’ on lines with Margaret Meads quote "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."
………Jai Hind ……