Hearing impairment is a partial or total inability to hear. The hearing loss can be categorised as mild, moderate, moderate-sever, sever or profound.
Hearing impairment may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, use of some drugs, exposure to excessive noise or ageing. According to WHO (World Health Organization), 360 million people across the globe have disabling hearing loss and 32 million among these are children. 60% of the childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.
Interventions to prevent, identify and address hearing loss are cost effective and can bring great benefit to individuals and the society. People with hearing loss benefit from early identification. Use of hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices, sign language, training and rehabilitation along with social support.
Josh Foundation work towards supporting children with hearing impairment, with state-of-the-art hearing test and hearing assessment, best digital hearing aids, training and support. With early detection, coupled with right hearing aids, training and rehabilitation, a hearing impaired person can live a normal life in the society.