“Check your hearing!” is the theme of this year’s World Hearing Day 2019 which was observed on 3rd March 2019. The WHO will draw attention to the importance of early identification and intervention for hearing loss.
The consequences of an untreated hearing loss can be serious: People, who do not hear, cannot learn to speak. This could cause difficulties at school and in their work life and the chances of life without limitations are low. On top of this, untreated hearing loss costs the global economy USD $750 billion every year (Source: WHO).
The Department of Otorhinolaryngology of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, a constituent college of Sri BalajiVidyapeethhas organized an awareness rally and a specialty medical camp on 3rd March 2019.
The awareness rally was flagged off by Mr. Maran C, Superintendent of Police (East), Government of Puducherry on 3rd March 2019 at 9.30 am from Gandhi Square, Pondicherry Beach. The students and faculty of the constituent colleges of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth participated in the rally. Following the rally a Free ENT Specialty medical camp was organized at the CITY CENTRE of MGMCRI at ThiruvalluvarSalaibetween 11.00 am and 1.00 pm, on 3rd March 2019 in which free ENT Consultations, audiometry test were provided. Further, a Public Awareness Lecture was given by Prof. P. Karthikeyan, Head, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and it was telecasted in FM Rainbow channel by which people can clear their doubts on hearing issues.
The Vice-Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Prof. Subhash Chandra Parija said “In many underdeveloped and developing countries, no screening for hearing disorders in newborns are available and only limited access to audiological care. As a result, children’s hearing loss often remains undetected for a long time. People have to be more aware of the factors which could adversely affect their hearing and they should make use of camps which are being conducted for prevention and treatment purposes.