Hearing loss is the most prevalent congenital disorder in India. Approximately 3 in every 1000 new born are suffering with deafness. If early identification and intervention is not done at the appropriate age then it leads to delay in speech and language development which affects the individuals daily living and communication.
I would like to share a story of a child who was born with profound hearing loss. However, parents took timely advice and follow it regularly. Now child has turned 5 years and is as normal as other children in his class at school.
A child named Rachit Aswal was born in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan with hearing loss. At the age of 1 year, her mother noticed that he was facing some challenges with hearing and speech. She tried many ways but nothing worked. At the same time her family members did not accepted this challenge at all. With great difficulty she managed to convince her husband to consult ENT specialist.
Dr. observed and referred the child to audiologist and speech language expert Mrs. Ranju Verma. Detailed hearing test were carried out and it was discovered that Rachit was having Bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss , that means he was not hearing the voice of his parents and even the environmental sounds .
He was not aware of any kind of sound . It came as a shock to the family however they did not waste the time and Immediately Rachit was fitted with hearing aids in both the ears and further speech and language therapy was started at the clinic. He was given auditory training to make him aware about the presence of sounds in this world and also to understand the meaning associated with various sounds . Rachit started showing improvements and started picking few words,but within the period of few months it was realized that Rachit is not getting the complete hearing of all the sounds even with the hearing aids hence decision was taken for Cochlear implant.
Cochlearimplant is a device which is placed within the cochlea of the child by a surgical procedure and the outer part of it called speech processor is worn over the pinna or the outer part of ear. After Implant a intensive speech therapy program was run . Mother used to travel 150 Km distance from her village to Jaipur twice in a week to receive speech therapy for Rachit . child was able to lead his normal life and daily living and communication was also improved. This treatment was not complicated as stated by mother. He was neither asked for any precaution or any medication, slight precaution was asked at the time of operation for few weeks.
According to mother Rachit is as normal as her other children are , He likes to listen to the music and is very fond of dancing. He shares lots of jokes with his mother . The whole family of Rachit is very happy about his progress and they keep advising to other parents for timely diagnosis and early intervention of children with hearing difficulty.