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200 million suffer from hearing loss

Published Dec 8, 2013, 6:46 pm IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 10:42 pm IST
200 million people in India suffer from some degree of hearing loss.
ChennaiAt least 200 million people in India suffer from some degree of hearing loss, with not even 10 per cent having access to hearing aids, said Prof. Dr. Mohan Kameswaran of the Madras ENT Research Foundation (MERF).
 He was speaking on Saturday, Indian Speech and Hearing Day, at the launch of the world's first CE-approved, software-based combined hearing aid and music player with hearing loss compensation in a mobile phone. MERF and Jacoti, Belgium-based hearing technology company, have come up with the mobile app called Jacoti Listen App that can be downloaded for Rs 500. It has a local and remote web based fitting platform to allow the user to customise the audio settings .
Dr Ranjith Rajeswaran, principal of MERF Institute of Speech and Hearing, said that another app, called Classmate, had been developed by Jacoti for easy listening by school children, said Dr. Kameswaran.
A workshop on vocal arts and science,  an initiative by MERF and Lamar University, USA, was also conducted. A library at MERF was inaugurated in honour of late Dr. Sadhanand Singh, the founder and CEO Plural publishing company in Sandiego/Brisbane. Renowned musician T.N Seshagopalan gave away certificates to those who completed the training programme in vocal arts and science. 
Location: Tamil Nadu