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Meenakshi Venkatraman Foundation
(Registered as Public Charitable Trust No. 9/IV/2013)
Member of World Hearing Forum - WHO
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"Hearing loss does not limit anyone"
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Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
Newborn hearing screening programs are designed to identify hearing loss in newborns before they leave the hospital. These programs aim to detect hearing loss early so that infants can receive appropriate interventions and support to ensure optimal language and cognitive development.
Hearing loss is a relatively common condition among newborns, affecting approximately 1-3 per 1000 births. However, many cases of hearing loss go undetected until later in childhood, which can impact a child’s language and cognitive development.
Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation
Diagnostic hearing evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a person’s hearing ability. An audiologist typically performs it to determine a hearing loss’s type, severity, and cause. The evaluation consists pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and middle ear testing.
The evaluation results can help determine the appropriate course of treatment, such as hearing aids or cochlear implants. They can also provide important information for medical management if the hearing loss is due to an underlying medical condition. A diagnostic hearing evaluation is essential for anyone experiencing hearing loss.
Cochlear Implant in Children
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is surgically implanted into the inner ear to provide a sense of hearing to people with severe or profound hearing loss. The implant bypasses the damaged hair cells in the inner ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve, which sends signals to the brain to create the sensation of sound.
Cochlear implants are designed to improve speech understanding and can significantly improve the quality of life for people with severe hearing loss who are not benefiting from hearing aids. While not appropriate for everyone, cochlear implants have helped many people to regain their ability to communicate and participate fully in everyday life.
Hearing Aids in Children
Hearing aids are small electronic devices designed to improve hearing for people with hearing loss. They work by amplifying sounds and making them louder and clearer. Hearing aids can be custom-fit to each individual’s unique hearing needs and preferences, and come in various styles and features.
They can be worn inside or outside the ear; some models even have Bluetooth connectivity or rechargeable batteries. Hearing aids can greatly improve a person’s ability to communicate and participate in daily activities, and can also help prevent social isolation and cognitive decline associated with untreated hearing loss.
Timeline of Our Mission Highlights
Meenakshi Venkatraman Foundation (MVF) was registered as a Public Charitable Trust on 24/1/2013 with registered no. 9/IV/201324 Jan 2013
Purchased the first TEOAE screening OTO Dynamics, UK make from Starkey labs during September 2013September 2013
Started Free New Born Hearing Screening in Paediatrics NICU, Gandhi from Oct’ 13 taking the support of interns from Helen Keller Institute. 480 babies were screened by March 2014.October 2013
First full time Post Graduate Audiologist cum Speech Language Pathologist in Sept’14. Extended screening to Post Natal, Gandhi. Interns from Sweekar Upkar joined the team. 2790 babies of both NICU / Post Natal screened by March 2015.Seotember 2014
United Care Developmental services (UC), NGO pioneers of free service through volunteers at Government Public Hospitals got a grant from Tata Trusts for purchase of screening and diagnostic instruments to extend scale up of MVF services to other Government Hospitals.May 2015
MVF extended screening services to Niloufer Hospital both Post Natal & NICU in May 2015 Koti & Petla Burj Hospitals in July 15 taking AYJNIHH, Secunderabad, BASLP Internship students.May 2015
MVF recruited second full time PG MSc (ASLP) in September 2015 & commenced BSERA / ABR Diagnostic services to babies at a dedicated facility in Gandhi.September 2015
Facilitated, with support of Rotary Clubs, gifting of hearing aids to 1000 deaf children of four districts of Telangana by Starkey Foundation (USA)August 2016
Facilitated, with support of Rotary Clubs, gifting of hearing aids to 1000 deaf children of 10 districts of Telangana by Starkey Foundation (USA) in October 2017October, 2017
Hon’ble Minister. Eatala Rajender, inaugurated the new Sound treated rooms for the public usage on 03 Feb.2020 with support of GMCGA. New facility consists of a room for Auditory Brainstem Responses, a room for Behavioural Observation Audiometry.February 2019
3 Days, National webinar was conducted for Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Professionals, Students and Stakeholders. Nation wide professionals contributed as resource persons.August 2019
Our mission is to support as many individuals with hearing impairment as possible. Therefore, MVF City Centre at Padmarao Nagar was developed with intension to serve FREE of cost to the beneficiaries.Jan 2021
MVF has signed an MOU to be part of Cochlear Implant Team of ENT Department, Gandhi Hospital. Successfully CI was done for first 3 candidates.August 2022
Meenakshi Venkatraman Foundation
6-1-297/1, Vekatapuram Colony, Padmarao Nagar, Secunderabad, Hyderabad – 500025, Teleangana.