This page describes the SCHOOL HEARING SCREENING PROGRAMME.
An image showing the School Screening in Progress in India and another image in Indonesia.
The children of Primary school going age group are the ones who are most predisposed to developing various ear diseases such as Otitis Media and Cerumen impaction, that can lead to mild to moderate and sometimes severe hearing loss. Most of these ear diseases are preventable to a great extent. As and when they occur, they can be treated, either medically or surgically. What is required is a method by which these children can be detected at an early stage and treated suitably.
The Recommendations for School Screening chalk out the principle requirements for conduct of a successful programme. These include:
For more details, please log onto www.soundhearing2030.org
WHO SEA report on status of ear & hearing care states that 'the fact that deafness is increasing rapidly indicates that perhaps actions so far have been inadequate to reduce the pace at which it is increasing.' On the other hand, initiatives such as Vision 2020 have led to the development of eye care programmes in most parts of the world. Even in developing countries such as India, eye care programmes have been well established for over the last couple of decades.
It is proposed that wherever the eye care infrastructure is well developed, primary ear & hearing care services can be initiated within the same infrastructure. This will help to minimise potential expenses and prevent duplication of effort.
An image showing Vision centre serving as Eye-Ear & Hearing Care centre in a slum area of New Delhi, India
This concept has already been field tested in India and is currently also being field tested in Nepal.