The main objective of this project was to examine the effects of digital hearing aid benefits on quality of life. This is an ongoing project, where hearing aids are provided by Seimens (free of cost) to profound or severe HI adults in the lower socio-economic groups. In addition to the provision of these hearing devices, the company has also undertaken the responsibility of the paying for the subsequent expenditure in fitting and maintenance of these devices.
Smile Train Project:
The institute became a Smile Train partner in August 2008, in collaboration with Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain hospital and Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai. The Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic was set up at the Institute as part of the Smile Train project under the guidance and coordination of Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai. Staff of the institute visit Jain hospital every day for preoperative assessment and work as part of the team of professionals providing services to children and adults with Cleft Lip and Palate. Clients visit the clinic at the institute for detailed assessment and intervention post surgery.
The basic objective of this project was to compare the effects of high-power digital vs. analog hearing aids on speech, language and hearing skills in HI populations. This project was undertaken for a period of one year (2000-2001). Six children with profound hearing loss served as the experimental group, and the control group comprised of matched HI group (matched for age, degree of hearing loss) fitted with analog hearing aids. Results showed large differences in speech, language and hearing skills between the experimental and the control groups.
Prevention of "Noise Induced Hearing Loss" (NIHL):
This project was undertaken during 1998-1999, funded by Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust, and supported by Lions Club Bangalore East and Bangalore Traffic Police. The main aims were (1) to measure levels of noise in industry and road traffic and (2) to improve public awareness about causes, effects and prevention of NIHL. Results showed significant effects of noise (i.e., hearing loss, intolerance to any type of loud noises) on traffic police officers.
The main aim was to identify neo-nates at risk for hearing loss using Oto Acoustic Emission (OAE) testing on a larger scale. The Institute conducted screening in two Hospitals in Bangalore, St. Johns Hospital and Manipal Hospital.
Cristoffel Blindenmission Project (CBM):
Project "Jagriti", undertaken by Dr. SRCISH, was aimed at prevention of hearing impairment. This project was funded by Cristoffel Blinden Mission (CBM), Germany. The project began in July 1998, as a WHO initiative under "Prevalence and Prevention of Deafness", and during the initial 2 1/2 years the aim was conduct a total population survey in 3 villages of K.R. Puram in order to obtain data on prevalence of hearing impairment. From 2001 to 2008, the project team covered more than 20 villages, serving a population of about 66,000 individuals. In addition to hearing impairment, physical, visual and mental disabilities were identified and the necessary steps for rehabilitation were taken up at the village level. Auditory training, speech therapy, physiotherapy, as well as vocational training were carried out. With the aim of primary prevention, several awareness and focus group meetings (parents, aganwadi teachers, schoolteachers, and volunteers) were held regularly. Self-help groups for the disabled have also come into existence. The project staff included 2 social workers, an ENT doctor, 4 field workers and a driver working under the supervision of the Project Director. Mrs. Rashmi J Bhat.
National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness:
The institute implemented the National Program for Prevention & Control of Deafness (NPPCD), a Ministry of Health & Family Welfare initiative for early identification and intervention of hearing impairment. Training was provided to Primary health centre workers, aanganwadi workers and Asha health workers on early identification of hearing loss and options for management in 3 districts of Karnataka, namely, Mandya, Hassan and Dharwad.
Sign Language Project – Sarva Siksha Abhiyan:
A reading manual in Sign language for Kannada language text books of Std I to VIII, State Syllabus was prepared for the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan under the guidance of Dr. M. N. Nagaraja, Director-Technical. The memorandum of understanding with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Karanataka was signed by the institute on 26th October 2010 and the project was submitted on 31st March 2011. The finalization of the project is under progress.