Infant hearing defects are easy for health officials and parents to ignore. After all, a baby with a hearing deficiency and a healthy baby seemingly sound the same. Yet, a child with a hearing defect is significantly more likely to be born with significant speech, language, and cognitive impediments. With about 2-4 of every 1000 newborns being born with congenital hearing loss, the stakes are high for the public health of India.
Global studies have demonstrated that early detection of infant hearing deficiencies is critical to ensure effective management and treatment. In developed nations across the world, governments and non-governmental organizations are placing an increased emphasis on early detection and intervention. Early identification and intervention can allow a child to develop normally alongside his or her peers.
The Ear to Hear – Meenakshi Venkatraman Foundation is aiming to ensure that the parents of the infants are aware of such screening, access to the screening with resource support as may be needed for cognitive development of children of Andhra Pradesh with the expanding territory of all the states of India.
“Open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through education, information, support and advocacy.”
Developing a low cost model to have comprehensive audiological evaluation
Evidence based Service delivery
Advocacy on early identification of hearing loss and early intervention
Expand the model to other regions in the Country
Reduce the burdens of hearing impairment for the identified children
Integrate children with hearing impairment in the society by facilitating Aural Oral method of training
Support other agencies working for the same cause
Facilitating advanced training to the professionals in the field
Frequently Asked Questions
We have worked in the area since 6 years with focus to Identify children with hearing impairment early and initiate early intervention at the earliest.
We provide all the Audiological services at Public maternity hospitals in the Twin City FREE of cost
Any child with suspected hearing impairment can walk in during all the working days to get our services.
We provide a comprehensive home training program while training the mother to teach at home for Children who can not stay here and attend Auditory Verbal Therapy. We recommend them to visit us every 15 days for the updates.