Jaipur: “Hearing is a basic human right. Every individual must have the right to enjoy the sounds of everyday life. Living with hearing loss has an impact on the ability to communicate,” said Australian cricket legend and Cochlear’s Global Hearing Ambassador, Brett Lee. He was speaking at the launch Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) programme, at the SR Goyal Government Hospital. Dr Sudhir Bhandari, Principal and Controller, SMS Medical College and attached hospitals and Dr Jagdish Singh, Medical Superintendent, SR Goyal Govt Hospital and RCA President Vaibhav Gehlot were also present. The programme aims to ensure that all newborn babies undergo a hearing screening test at birth.
Lee said, “Thanks to advancements in technology, we now live in an era where hearing loss can be treated. But for treatment, identifying the issue is crucial. A small hearing screening test at birth can help identify any issues that a child may have, after which immediate remedial measures can be worked out which will help the child lead a regular life. I am very happy to see SR Goyal Government Hospital launch their hearing screening programme today which will help so many young kids.”
Dr Bhandari said, “Helping people hear and live a happy life is such a priceless experience. I am honoured to be a part of this initiative which will be screening all newborns for hearing at birth. We aim to raise awareness about UNHS and believe paediatricians and all other healthcare professionals can play a crucial role in spreading awareness.”
Dr Jagdish Singh, Medical Superintendent, SR Goyal Govt. Hospital said, “Hearing loss can hamper growth and learning development in a child. The initial years of a child’s life are extremely crucial for their cognitive development.”