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Introduction

More than 5% of the world’s population has disabling hearing loss, this translates to about 360 million people. According to a survey done by Britain Nepal Otology Services (BRINOS) with Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), 16.6% of the Nepalese population suffers from hearing disability, 7.4% has ear drum pathology, and 32% of hearing loss is found to be due to infection of the middle ear; this proportion is among the highest in the South East Asia region. Sadly, 55.2% of the population diagnosed with deafness belongs to the school going age group.

The causes of hearing loss in more than 50% of these children is due to preventable conditions like discharging ear, use of drugs that is toxic to hearing, instillation of various traditional herbs inside the ear. Discharging ear is considered a normal problem among the Nepalese population due to ignorance about the disease. If left untreated it can cause life threatening conditions like Meningitis, Brain abscess and even death. Hearing impairment is particularly serious in children because it can lead to communication difficulties, delayed educational progress and social isolation, which can lead to life long burden in the society.

Up Coming Events

February 2017

Ear screening programs at public schools of Bhaktapur district.

Conducting Middle ear surgery of children at public schools of Nepal.

Conducting parents counselling for ear surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future programs/ projects

To expand the school based program outside Lalitpur district to Kathmandu Valley and then to cover up the whole country

Provide Oto-rhino-laryngological and Audiological tests to establish