“Let the Children Hear”
This week, the children were visited by Ruth from the Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children (IHCC). IHCC - whose tagline is “Let the Children Hear” - is a UK charity who are dedicated to improving hearing outcomes in developing countries.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 32 million children worldwide living with disabling hearing loss, and the majority of those affected live in developing countries. The WHO also states that 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.
The major risk factors are Infectious diseases, ear infections, medicines that damage hearing, birth related causes such as prematurity, low birth weight, and birth complications.
Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children (IHCC) aims to make a difference by adopting strategies which focus on the prevention and early intervention of childhood hearing loss to aid the development of speech and language, social integration and educational achievement.
The screening was carried out at the Children’s Home for all children aged between 3 and 17, with arrangements made for all children under 3 to visit the clinic to undergo different tests. We were delighted that we were also able to include all the children we support who are enrolled on the Community Education Support Project, which this year is funded by Sevenhills Wholefoods.
We are very grateful to IHCC for carrying out these initial assessments and their ongoing support.