11million and 350 thousand people have been covered by screening nationwide plan

Dr.Safarifard, deputy for prevention of disability of SWO on the occasion of world hearing day, issued a message to draw more attention the important of this day as follows:

World hearing day is particularly important as the first ever world report on hearing is being launched on this day. In this regard on the occasion of world hearing day, deputy for prevention of disability of SWO, Dr.Safarifard evaluated the measure taken by SWO to prevent this hearing disorder as follows:

“Any lesion in the hearing system that causes a person to have difficulty hearing or communicating is known as hearing loss. About 1 to 6 infants born among 1000 birth have congenital or acquired hearing impairments (around childbirth). Hearing loss does not just mean not hearing sound; but the result of this deprivation is the lack of communication with human beings and lack of access to many useful and hopeful experiences lead to this person stay away from the path of success. Paying attention to this fact that speaking is an acquired thing and human beings learn the language of their surroundings through hearing and then are able to speak, show the special importance of this feeling. Therefore, without hearing, speech will not occur and because of this, children and deaf people will not be able to speak. But the notable point is how we can prevent from hearing loss and consequent speechlessness.

Since 1997, the Department of Prevention of Disabilities of State Welfare Organization, using its technical and executive power, has designed and implemented various programs for early identification and intervention of hearing defects, including the comprehensive screening program, early diagnosis and intervention of hearing infants. It should be noted that this project has been implemented comprehensively since 2005 after rewriting and drafting the sequence of its implementation stages, by the Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs and Prevention of State Welfare Organization throughout the country. This plan currently is running with 630 active units across the country in health centers and   independent hearing screening units with the maximum cooperation of the non-governmental sector, in this line 570 screening devices (OAE & AABR) provided by the State Welfare Organization and 55 devices (about 9%) have been provided by the private sector, which cooperate with the organization in the form of service purchases. Existing statistics show that by the end of the first six months of 2020, 11 million and 350 thousand people have been covered by this nationwide plan, and of these 33, 500 children with hearing disorders have been identified and treated. In 2020, 1 million and 100 thousand children were covered by this plan which is equivalent to 92% of nationwide childbirth and around 3153 children with hearing disorders were identified and undergone medical and rehabilitation measures. Following-up in the three stages of the plan (screening, diagnosis and intervention) is one of the necessities for the successful implementation of this social movement. Of the total number of children referred to the intervention stage, 1379 were prescribed hearing aids and 372 children needed cochlear implants which proper measures were taken for them.

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