About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Bangalore Entrepreneur Gets Award for Baby Deafness Detecting Device

by Sasikala Radhakrishnan on June 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Font : A-A+

 Bangalore Entrepreneur Gets Award for Baby Deafness Detecting Device

Neeti Kailas, an entrepreneur from Bangalore, is among 5 global designers to bag the Rolex Award for Enterprise 2014 for designing a cheap, easy-to-use device to improve hearing loss screening in newborn babies.

Kailas is a former student of National Institute of Design and runs the Sohun Innovation Lab in Bangalore with her husband Nitin Sisodia, who is an engineer.


The award was also given in recognition of her ongoing efforts to build a network of healthcare professionals in India, who would include pediatricians, healthcare workers and maternity homes, who are involved in diagnosing and treating deafness in babies.

Established in 1976, The Rolex Awards for Enterprise recognizes a new or ongoing project in any part of the world that works towards improving quality of life or protecting the world's natural and cultural heritage. Each award involves a cash prize of 33,000 pounds.

The portable device designed by Kailas is battery operated and noninvasive that can screen babies for hearing loss in India.

Presently, India holds a record of nearly 100,000 hearing-impaired babies born every year.

There are currently no regular hearing screening tests available in India.  The available ones are costly and require skilled healthcare workers to handle them.

Timely detection of hearing problems is very essential since untreated hearing impairment can hamper speech, language and cognition development in babies at 6 months of age.

Kailas said "To me, design is about problem solving, and thinking about how I can have maximum impact on society. In a country like India, that's never going to happen by designing the next lemon squeezer."

The Department of Biotechnology, the All India Institute for Medical Sciences, as well as the Centre for Innovation in Global Health in the US and Canada's Grand Challenge have extended their support to Kailas' project.

Kailas anticipates device usage in about 2% of births in the first year of launch and thereafter widespread usage of the device.

Kailas' goals are to reach out to every child in India with the hearing screening test and to design a screening test in the future for vision problems in babies.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest Child Health News

Stunted Growth in North Korean Kids: What You Need to Know
In 2022, the number of North Korean kids falling under the obese category stood at 47,500 compared with 25,100 in 2012.
Fatty Acid in Breast Milk Linked to Improved Heart Function
In mice the maternal milk provides a key signal that instructs cardiomyocytes to activate lipid metabolism.
A Closer Look at the Rise in Heart Inflammation in Newborns
Among infants infections from enterovirus are common, but the association to heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis) with severe outcomes is unusual.
 “Eat, Sleep, Console” Approach: Better Way to Help Newborns in Opioid Withdrawal
New approach called “Eat, Sleep, Console” gets newborns with symptoms of opioid withdrawal out of the hospital sooner and with less medication.
Toxic Threat to Child Development: Air Pollution
Ground-breaking study has linked poor air quality in India to cognitive deficits in infants, highlighting the potential long-term impact of pollution on child development.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Bangalore Entrepreneur Gets Award for Baby Deafness Detecting Device Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests