people still face obstacles in many areas of life although things have improved
a little over time, Opportunities for a gainful employment still remain one of
the biggest challenges facing them.
To make a
difference to the lives of hearing-impaired
people, World Federation of Deaf (WFD) observes 'World Deaf Day' or
'International Day of the Deaf' every year on the last Sunday in the month of
September. The day falls on September 28 this year.
The WFD, an
international non-governmental organization representing approximately 70
million hearing-impaired people worldwide with a current membership of
associations in 130 countries worldwide, has been celebrating the day since
1958. The last full week in September is also known as International Week of
encourages its national associations and their affiliates to celebrate the Day
by focusing on the theme of Human Rights through Sign Language.
urges solidarity among deaf people and their supporters, and provides an
opportunity to stimulate greater efforts to promote the rights of deaf people.
Experts in the
medical field say that awareness can make a huge difference to the lives of deaf children and adults
because most often our so-called civilized society assumes that they are not
good at work.
"When you are denying opportunities to a
hearing impaired person, remember that there was Beethoven who conquered his deafness and led himself
to being one of the greatest musicians of all time and Thomas Alva Edison, who
dominated the illness and developed many devices that greatly influenced life
around the world and many others," experts observe..
organizations are now conducting many events including lectures, debates and
culture events, performance and other shows. The observance is drawing the
attention of politicians, authorities and the general public to the
achievements of Deaf people and the concerns of the Deaf community.
The events are
designed to various aspects of prevention, early identification, management and
rehabilitation of hearing loss.
Dr. Milind Kirtane, ENT Surgeon
from Cumballa Heart Institute, India, said that having your newborn's
hearing tested before leaving the hospital is the greatest prevention method of
developing process begins from birth, and the hearing impaired kid has special
challenges to keep up to his maximum potential.
"Early detection of deafness
allows early intervention, which, in turn, enables a better cure. Parents need
to be sensitized towards early detection and there is a need to set up systems
and diagnostics that support them. Hearing assessment of new born children
should become a routine investigation and not be limited only to high risk
babies," Dr. Kirtane added.
About one in 100
newborns in the high-risk category may have hearing problems. The risk group
includes children who have low birth weight, neonatal jaundice, meningitis, respiratory tract infections, babies requiring
ventilation, family history of hearing loss and abnormalities of any kind in
The hearing screening tests
are simple and painless. If your baby does not pass the initial test, there is
still a good chance that he/she has normal hearing. To decide the cause of
hearing loss, the doctor may order a CT scan, an MRI
scan, or both. If the scans do not show any physical cause for the
deafness, genetic testing
may be done in order to determine the nature of the hearing loss.
Once a child has
been diagnosed with hearing loss, the options for cure become much clearer. For
children with cochlea defects, a cochlear implant may be suggested. Others may benefit from hearing aids or a
combination of hearing devices.
measures for hearing loss detected before five months helps the child develop
speech skills with hearing aids and auditory verbal therapy. However, children going undetected for
hearing loss may have to later go in for some expensive treatments.