World Hearing Day highlights the importance of early intervention
3 March 2020
World Hearing Day takes place today – a World Health Organisation (WHO) event which raises awareness about deafness and hearing loss and promotes ear and hearing care around the world.
The theme for this year is ‘Hearing for life: Don’t let hearing loss limit you’. It highlights the importance of early intervention and how it can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential.
Sense International’s early intervention services are essential for the early childhood development of children with deafblindness.
Early intervention reduces the chances of children requiring more intensive care later in life and increases their independence and life chances. Sense International supports health services to offer hearing screening, visual testing, multi-sensory stimulation, functional visual training, speech therapy and physiotherapy to children with sensory impairments.
It also provides long-term benefits to families and society by enabling the inclusion of children with deafblindness in all aspects of life, as well as reducing the challenges faced by families.
Chance To Shine
Between 1 January and 31 March, Sense International’s Chance To Shine appeal is raising money to fund sight and hearing tests for children in rural Kenya and support those children identified with deafblindness.
Match funding from the UK government will provide vital support to children with deafblindness in rural Kenya and public donations will go towards Sense International’s work around the world.
The Chance To Shine appeal will help children like Sospeter, who was born deaf with complex medical needs. The diagnosis left his parents desperate for answers, feeling alone, with no-one to support them.
His mother, Tabby, says: “You are so desperate for answers, yet nobody has them, and it feels like the majority of people do not care. Meeting the team at Sense International Kenya was the turning point for the family. They gave us a new hope and purpose for our baby.”
Sospeter’s parents were introduced to other families in a similar situation and discovered that with the right support their son could enjoy a fulfilling life.
Sospeter has received hearing aids and his improvement is being monitored. Through therapy, Sospeter has learnt to walk independently, feed himself, and communicate with his mother. Now, aged nearly four, Sospeter continues to improve and his future looks bright.
First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019