WHO World Hearing Day 2021: to screen, rehabilitate and communicate across the life course.
Goals of World Hearing Day 2021:
The key messages are:
What we are doing in SGH
For 20 years, Hearing Centre has journeyed with individuals with hearing loss from the very young to the very old to help them listen, communicate and integrate into mainstream society.
SGH started a pilot Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) in late 1998 leading to wider screening of newborns in Singapore in 2002. Concurrently, early intervention service for children with hearing loss, including paediatric audiology and auditory-verbal therapy were available from 2001. Babies as young as one month of age can have their hearing tested, which allows children diagnosed with hearing loss to be fitted with hearing devices as soon as possible. With better access to sounds, they can develop their speech and language skills like normal hearing children.
To provide better access to audiology services in the community, the SGH Hearing Centre has set up a satellite audiology clinic in 2021 at the Tiong Bahru Community Health Centre (TBCHC).The TBCHC satellite clinic offers comprehensive level 2 screening for seniors who have abnormal results from their level 1 screening. Hearing aid services are also available to those diagnosed with hearing loss and require amplification devices.
The Hearing Centre also works closely with the Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) Centre which provides diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of ENT disorders, as well as diseases affecting the head and neck.
What you can do
References and resources:https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-hearing-day/2021https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss-age-related-hearing-loss-(presbycusis)https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss-safe-listeninghttps://www.who.int/health-topics/hearing-loss/hearwho
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