50 Hearing aids awaits qualified PWDS in CALABARZON

DOH CALABARZON Regional Coordinator on Person with Disability (PWD) and Mental Health Ms. Paulina A. Calo (L) together with Batangas Provincial Health Team Leader Dr. Elizabeth V. Sario (R) observes an audiometrist as he conducts hearing test on a senior citizen using an diagnostics audiometer during today’s hearing test and assessment for Senior Citizens and children with hearing impairments. A total of 15 individuals were screened in Batangas province.

Batangas City – A total of 15 individuals today will undergo free hearing test and assessment at the Batangas Provincial Department of Health Office (PDOHO) located at the Batangas Medical Center Compound, Batangas City.

The activity is spearheaded by Regional Coordinator on Person with Disability (PWD) and Mental Health Ms. Paulina A. Calo who stated that individuals who will qualify will be given free hearing aid courtesy of the regional office.

“We have allotted 50 hearing aids for PWDs with hearing impairments, at least 10 devices will be given per province. Most of the children being screened have severe to profound hearing loss.”  

A total of 21 PWDs from Quezon, particularly from the municipalities of Alabat, Dolores, Mauban and Sariaya were screened during yesterday’s hearing assessment conducted in Lucena City. There were two children diagnosed with profound hearing loss in Mauban, Quezon.

“And profound (deafness) level ay totally wala kang maririnig na speech sound, kung minsan pati malalakas na tunog gaya ng sirena ng ambulansya, tunog ng eroplano o mga busina ng sasakyan. Kaya mas specialized na hearing device ang ibibigay sa kanila upang sila ay makarinig,” Calo explained.

Calo explained that a diagnostic audiometer is used to test and evaluate the hearing threshold of an individual. An audiologist determines the hearing threshold and identify as well as quantify the degree of hearing loss of a person.

An individual will be fitted with the proper hearing aid from the results taken from the testing device.

“Priority pa rin natin diro na mabigyan ang mga batang may hearing impairment na nag-aaral o nahinto sap ag-aaral dahil sa kanilang kapansanan.”The week-long hearing screening and testing will also be conducted in the provinces of Cavite on March 9, Laguna on March 10 and Rizal on March 11, 2022.

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