Free hearing screenings to mark World Hearing Day

Archal Prasad, 11, gets assistance from Dr. Oh Chungheyon, left, and Ethel Mohammed, right, as Umesh Prasad and Shirleen Devi looks on during the World Hearing Day to raise awareness on how to prevent hearing loss and promote ear disease care across the world. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE World Hearing Day  was commemorated today at the Rups Shopping Complex in Nakasi.

To mark this day, the Frank Hilton Organisation (FHO) organised free audiology  hearing screenings for the general public.

FHO Audiometrist Sevanaia Ratumaitavuki said most hearing problems in children in the country started with infections that were not treated.

“ We want to create awareness on ear and hearing health, hhearing loss and preventative care, eencourage behaviour changes to prevent hearing loss and mmitigate stigma attached to hearing loss,” Mr Ratumaitavuki said.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), there were more hearing and ear problems in Fiji compared to other countries.

The  pacific island countries hearing and ear disease prevalence estimation in 2015, around 80 thousand Fijians, 9.6 per cent  of the population, was living with hearing impairment which was considered disabling.

World Hearing Day is held on  March 3 each year to raise awareness on how to prevent hearing loss and promote ear disease care across the world.

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