KARACHI: Renowned Audiologist Shahid Akhtar Rajput has said hearing assessment screening or testing of special children has been launched across Sindh province, and in this regard, camps will be set up at special education centres in phases.
Rajput, who is Taj Welfare Trust’s Chairman, said his Trust in collaboration with Special Education Department, Government of Sindh, had launched hearing assessment test drive thorough the province during which camps will be arranged at special education centres.
He said a Taj Welfare Trust’s team comprising Nuzhat Shahid, Amber Aamir, Abdul Samad, and Atif Hussain will conduct hearing assessment test of special children under his supervision free of cost. He informed that first hearing assessment camp had been arranged at Special Education Centre, GOR Colony Hyderabad.
He said his Trust was planning to build hearing hospital in Karachi on the patron of other charity hospitals like Shoukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). He lamented that there was no hearing assessment wards, and audiologist posts had been sanctioned for public sector hospital.
Audiologist Shahid said: An estimated 70 percent population of Pakistan above 45 years of age is facing hearing deficiency or loss which is matter of great concern for medical community.
He informed: Our Trust has successfully conducted the hearing assessment tests of 30,000 people throughout Pakistan. Generally, the hearing disability occur in the society due to the trend of inter-family marriages but sound of generators, vehicles and factories are also leading risk factors of hearing loss.
He said that people suffering from hearing problems may face psychological and physical problems in some stage of life. He said people who works in noisy and polluted atmosphere may face hearing weakness and hearing loss in life. He informed that Taj Welfare Trust had organized hearing assessment camp at Karachi Press Club, City Court, University of Karachi, and other institutions. He stressed the need for proper awareness at government level to create awareness among society about hearing deficiency.