Significant Noise Induced Hearing loss among twin cities Traffic Policemen
Mr. Sethuraman, Trustee and Mentor, Meenakshi Venkatraman Foundation (MVF), described why traffic police have to take of their hearing, risks of staying in traffic noise and its effects on hearing.
Ms. Saipriya, Senior Audiologist, MV Foundation, had given a short talk on Noise Induced Hearing Loss.
Mr. Ranganathan, Director – Operations, described the simple self-hearing testing methods and when to go for detailed testing with the professionals.
Ms. Merlyn, Audiologist and the Audiology interns conducted hearing screening to all the Traffic Police attended. Rotn. Farzana Ali, President, Rotary Club and Rotn. Ramchandra has graced the program and actively participated.
MVF team has tested 46 Traffic policemen among which 16 were found to have disabling hearing loss (7 requiring hearing aids) and 4 had Noise Induced Hearing loss (requiring ear protectors). Among the traffic policemen tested, many of them are attending duties at the traffic since 3 years only.
All the participants were counselled for steps to avoid noise exposure and aural hygiene as part of the program. Continuous exposure to high level noise will lead to permanent hearing loss and there is no treatment available so far. Hearing organ is so sensitive and everyone should pay attention to such sound exposures, even while using headphones and earphones extensively.
Meenakshi Venkatraman Foundation is dedicated and rendering FREE services related to childhood hearing and hearing loss. MVF runs FREE Newborn Hearing Screening at all the Government Maternity Hospital in the Maternity Hospitals since 6 years.