Deafness highly prevalent in children in Andhra Pradesh
The number of children suffering from deafness or hearing impairment is high in states such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
It is reported that hearing impairment is higher in Andhra Pradesh.
Lack of awareness, low education levels and marriage with close blood relatives are reported to be the main reasons for this problem.
Timely identification of hearing problems with the help of hearing test in newborn children and early treatment can help prevent deafness.
Due to less contact and communication with family and society, hearing impaired children may feel lonely and suffer mental health issues.
So, doctor suggests to prevent deafness in early stages among such children through cochlear implant surgery.