Agra doctor gives new hope to the hearingimpaired
Friday, August 24, 2012
By Brij Khandelwal | IANS India Private Limited – 1 hour 57 minutes ago
Agra, Aug 24 (IANS) A retired army doctor says he has perfected a simple andaffordable technique to allow the hearing impaired to hear."I have developed a simple yet innovative approach in a family practice for age-relatedhearing loss (presbycusis), without the need for any hearing aid or surgical intervention,"Lt. Col. (retd.) Rajesh Chauhan told IANS."After treating dozens of senior citizens, I am reasonably sure that we might be on thebrink of a major breakthrough. I have found an innovative, cheap, comfortable, reliableand permanent solution to restore hearing to those affected by presbycusis.""This technique might also be useful for patients who have a noise-induced hearing lossand for those suffering from otosclerosis, which also results in poor hearing and gradualhearing loss," Chauhan added."This new technique that we accidentally developed requires refinement and research. Itwill help in managing age-related hearing loss without surgery, hearing aids or injections.It does not require surgery and hearing improves noticeably immediately after the firstsitting," Chauhan explained.Two of his patients who had been using hearing aids have stopped using them.Chauhan is cagey about divulging details about his technique. He first wants to patent it."It is a combination of many techniques, and they all work in tandem. It needs just two orthree sittings to bring about the desired changes," Chauhan said.According to Chauhan, the younger generation and the aged are more prone to deafnessfrom increasing noise pollution, use of gadgets, mobile phones and loud music.Experts and data available from various sources, including the Indian Council of MedicalResearch (ICMR), make it clear that hearing impairment is on the rise in India, and oneout of every 12 people is a victim.Chauhan said the most common cause of loss of hearing is a perforated ear drum, a thinmembrane that separates the ear canal and the middle ear. Another major cause ispresbycusis, hearing loss due to ageing.