Loudspeakers to spread awareness

BANGALORE: “Trusting my gut instinct and faith in God is what saved my son,” proudly declares Radha Raju, a yoga instructor and a corporate trainer. Her son Arvind is 38-years-old today and a

Published: 20th April 2012 10:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:39 PM   |  A+A-

1-LOUD

The loudspeakers’ team | express photo

BANGALORE: “Trusting my gut instinct and faith in God is what saved my son,” proudly declares Radha Raju, a yoga instructor and a corporate trainer. Her son Arvind is 38-years-old today and a successful software engineer, leading a normal life. But, things weren’t easy right from the beginning.

Radha discovered that her son had a hearing impairment when he didn’t respond to the sound of crackers during Diwali. Later, her heart skipped a beat when she read an article on ‘Cogenital problems caused by illness during pregnancy’ where German Measles was mentioned. She remembered contracting measles during her first trimester of pregnancy. When Radha got worried and asked the pediatrician for a hearing test, he said, “You are worrying unnecessarily.”

When her son was just 20- months-old, Radha took him to a leading ENT specialist who said, “Put your son to a deaf and dumb school. He can’t respond normally to sound.” Radha’s family was devastated. But, a newspaper article about speech and hearing assessment at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing at Mysore, changed it all. “We consulted Dr Rathna, who assured that my child would be able to speak and directed us to the Speech Therapy Department in Chennai. Dr. Rathna told us that residual hearing could be corrected with a hearing aid. He suggested Balavidyalaya in Chennai for schooling,” adds Radha. Her son was able to speak normally within a  year.

But, last year he suddenly lost hearing in one ear. A cochlear implant was suggested after which he attended a rehabilitation programme at an NGO. He met people there with problems similar to his and are struggling due to lack of awareness. His mother was shocked.

That is how Loud-Speakers, People’s forum for the Hearing Challenged, was born. Today, it caters to the unique needs of the hearing challenged, especially children and the youth. They are planning to start a helpline to  provide information and support to parents of the hearing-impaired children.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp