By Ruona Isikeh
Benin – The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery (ENTH and surgery) has provided 20 hearing aids to children with deafness.
Dr Darlington Obaseki, Chief Medical Director(CMD) of UBTH disclosed this during an awareness programme, to mark the World Hearing Day, in Benin.
Obaseki was represented by Prof. Casmir Omuemu,Commandant, Military Hospital, CMAC UBTH.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Hearing Day, is a campaign held globally every year, by the Office of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The activities take place across the globe every March 3. The campaign objectives are to share information and promote actions toward the prevention of hearing loss and improved hearing.
NAN also reports that, in line with the objective of marking the Day, the ENTH and surgery department of UBTH, distributed 20 Hearing aids, which included canal Hearing aids to children with deafness.
The year 2020 theme: “Don’t let hearing limit you”, aims at encouraging the deaf and creating opportunities for them to hear through a hearing aid.
Dr Omuemu defined, “a hearing aid as a device designed to improve hearing by making sound audible to a person with hearing loss.
“Hearing aids are classified as medical devices in most countries, and regulated by the respective regulations.
“With a hearing aid, a deaf person would be able to hear better and communicate freely.
“Limiting deaf persons is unfair. Just because one cannot hear doesn’t mean they are not human, “ he said.
He advised the general public to always assist patients with hearing problems and show them love.
He called on the government to fund health care delivery by providing hearing aids for the deaf in the state.
Prof. Paul Adobamen, Head of Department (ENTH and Surgery),UBTH, advised persons with hearing problems to shun inferiority complex, depression, frustration, anxiety and stigmatization.
He said that limiting themselves would only create more problems for them, adding that hearing problems could not prevent them from achieving their goals in life.
He advised people with hearing problems to embrace hope, learning and self motivation, which could make them relevant in the society.
Dr Omoifo Valentine, Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo state chapter, represented by Dr Harrison Omokhua, Deputy Chairman, NMA, advised the general public to avoid loud sounds.
He said that loud sounds, age, injury, excessive noise exposure, viral infections (such as measles or mumps), Shingles, Ototoxic drugs (medications that damage hearing) Meningitis and Diabetes can cause sensorineural hearing loss.
He advised patients to always go for regular checkups, so that medical practitioner can find a lasting solution.