The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti highlighted the progress in the delivery of hearing aids for patients on the waiting list despite the pandemic and announced that “the purchase of hearing aids is being finalized”. 300 kits for neonatal hearing screening and 25 potential teams used to diagnose hearing loss.
“Despite the pandemic, much progress was made in an integrated manner in all the programs and, in this one in particular, last year progress was made with patients on the waiting list,” said Vizzotti.
The minister participated on Thursday in the delivery of hearing aids to children and adolescents diagnosed with Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss at the Eva Perón Interzonal General Acute Hospital, in the Buenos Aires town of San Martín, as part of the activities for Hearing Day, held on March 3.
“Hearing is essential to develop, to study, to work. This is very important from the investigation to the intervention, it is everyone’s responsibility to promote access”, highlighted the minister.
The health ministry also announced that the acquisition of 225 cochlear implants for children and adolescents began that they do not obtain functional gain with the hearing aids and that with these purchases “a pending demand is satisfied that, in some cases, dated from 2017”.
Hearing aids for children with Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss
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According to the provisions of National Law No. 25,415/2001, every boy and girl must undergo, a few days after birth, a free and mandatory study called otoacoustic emissions (OAS).
If this test reveals possible hearing problems and further tests confirm it, the person has right to the provision of hearing aids or hearing aids, as well as hearing rehabilitationboth in public hospitals, as well as in the private sector and social works.
Hearing loss is a limitation of auditory function, it consists of the inability to hear sounds in different tones or intensities and, therefore, hinders the development of speech, language and communication. Detection, access to equipment and timely support facilitate social inclusion, education, work and communication at all ages.