Newborn Hearing Screening- Catch Deafness Early
Hearing impairment from birth causes extreme disability because a deaf child is also dumb. If hearing is not restored by five years of age, substantial disabilities result. We screen each newborn child on day one for deafness and provide hearing aid so that their speech development may take place.
February 2011 - February 2015
Universal newborn hearing screening is feasible, beneficial, and justified. This is indicated by the frequency of the congenital deafness, the accuracy of the modern objective hearing screening tests and the ability to provide early intervention in the form of providing hearing aids. The improved outcome attributable to early amplification helps in the child growing up with good speech and minimal disability. The effectiveness of newborn hearing screening has already been well demonstrated.
Newborn Screening is well established in developed countries but not in less developed countries. This project is expected to reduce the communication difficulties faced by the deaf. If sound amplification is provided at an early age, as normal as possible speech development takes place and the person can lead a good life. Although deafness is a big problem in the developing countries, a step in this direction will pave a way for regular hearing screening for the newborn.
Diagnose hearing impairment at an early age.
Activities» Screen the newborn with otoacoustic emission technology during the first few days of birth. The children who fail the test may be further tested.
Success will be determined by number of newborn children tested using our screening method.
In long term, I expect other hospitals to pick up the method and start screening the newborns. Number of projects started in different hospitals will determine the success of the long term change in attitude of the healthcare organizations towards hearing impaired.
The attitude of the parents in less developed countries is still not good towards getting a hearing aid fitted to young children. They do not accept getting their children screened or treated at young age.
We will inform the donors regularly with the progress of the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £100,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £50,000 equipment cost Buying hearing screening equipment for hospitals £20,000 Travel costs Travel of the professionals to set up programs £10,000 Admin Cost Administrative and miscellaneous expenses £20,000 Salary Salary to the hearing screening staff
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Charity's present fund £10,000 Guaranteed
Pilot project has already started at a Tertiary referral government hospital in Delhi, India. See www.idealsociety.org.in
We have already seen around 8000 children over a year's period.
Hearing impaired children- born with deafness (congenital deafness) in developing countries
I, as a Trustee of the Charity, am an ENT Surgeon who knows this area well. I also hold a PhD with work on 'Technology Transfer from developed to less developed countries. I have already spent a year setting up the pilot project. Now we are at a stage to replicate these project in other hospitals.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Dr Surabhi Sinha
She is a Trustee of the Charity. She is a General Practitioner in UK and looks after day to day communication with the team in India
Dr Mudit Kumar
He is an Anaesthetist in Cardiff. He along with his wife, Dr Swati Kumar (an ENT Surgeon) provide strategic direction to the Charity.
I will whatever possible for this cause.