More people in Kerala have developed hearing problems during the pandemic period – The New Indian Express

Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: More people in the state have developed hearing problems during the Covid pandemic period, although quite the opposite with relatively less noise in the atmosphere, doctors say. This time the villain is the prolonged use of smartphones which produce noise beyond tolerable levels. According to health experts, it has led to hearing loss in children and the elderly.

They also attribute the role of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to causing sudden and almost irreversible hearing loss in some people. On World Hearing Day, they emphasize the importance of hearing ability to an individual’s overall health and raise awareness to prevent deafness and hearing loss.

The World Health Organization celebrates World Hearing Day on March 3 with the theme “To hear for life, listen carefully”. While hearing loss appears progressive and may not be easily recognizable in the case of children, health experts are alarmed at the risk of exposure in the future.

“The pandemic period has resulted in the exposure of children to noise from electronic gadgets for a longer duration. There are also certain levels of dependency. This will be a major problem in the future. Already, hearing loss and balance issues in the ear have increased,” said Dr. John Panicker, ENT consultant and national chair of the National Initiative for Safe Sound (NISS).

“We think of noise problems and hearing loss. But it can affect the brain, immune system, and cardiovascular system. Hearing is an important factor in determining a person’s health in old age,” he explained.

Health Minister Veena George has insisted on raising awareness so that prompt intervention can be carried out to fully treat or reduce the impact of hearing loss. There are 67 public hospitals in the state that identify various types of hearing loss and provide treatment, including surgery.

World Hearing Day: March 3
Theme: “To hear for life, listen carefully”
Most hearing loss is preventable, including hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds
Hearing impairment: one of the most common disabilities in the world, affecting 360 million people
NSSO survey: 453% of the state’s population suffer from hearing loss

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