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Meenakshi Venkatraman Foundation (MVF) was registered as a Public Charitable Trust on 24/1/2013 with registered no. 9/IV/2013 Purchased the first TEOAE screening OTO Dynamics, UK make from Starkey labs during September 2013 Started Free New Born Hearing Screening in Paediatrics NICU, Gandhi from Oct’ 13 taking the services of Helen Keller Institute. 480 babies were screened by March 2014. Recruited …

Baby Hafsa – A child to admire

I am Afreen Yousuf, mother of Hafsa . I would like to share my child story to motivate other mothers to take action if their children have hearing loss at birth. Hafsa was my first child and I was so happy to have her. Initially, myself and my family members felt that she was developing like any other child. As …

Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

Hearing loss is a common problem in newborns. Some cases are due to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), a problem in the transmission of sound from the ear’s innermost part (the inner ear) to the brain. The causes of ANSD are unknown, but children who are born prematurely or have a family history of the condition are at higher risk for …

Hearing Loss and Deafness

A person who is not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing – hearing thresholds of 25 dB or better in both ears – is said to have hearing loss. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. It can affect one ear or both ears, and leads to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud …

Functional impact of hearing loss

One of the main impacts of hearing loss is on the individual’s ability to communicate with others. Spoken language development is often delayed in children with unaddressed hearing loss. Unaddressed hearing loss and ear disease such as Otitis media can result in significantly adverse effect on the academic performance of children. They often have increased rates of grade failure and …

What causes of hearing loss in children?

It is normal as a parent to need to know why your child has a hearing loss. Sometimes the cause of hearing loss can be determined and sometimes it cannot. 25% of infant hearing losses are due to unknown causes. Sometimes the hearing loss is caused by a combination of factors. A physician will guide you through the process to …

Key facts about Hearing loss

Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss (1), and 34 million of these are children. It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, and ageing. 60% …

It’s importat to have your Baby’s hearing screened

Hearing is an important faculty in a child’s development.. Many of these children may need to learn speech and language differently, so it’s important to detect deafness or hearing loss as early as possible. For this reason, universal newborn hearing screening programs currently operate in all U.S. states and most of the territories. With the help from the federal government, …