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In Jammu, Brett Lee raises awareness about hearing loss

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Former Australian Thursday reached out to India's northern most state of and Kashmir to discuss the importance of screening newborns for early detection of

The 42-year-old fast bowler, who is now Cochlear's Global Hearing Ambassador, was in the city's (SMVDNSH) to raise awareness about hearing screening.

"Today is a grave public concern. Around 34 million children across the globe suffer some form of and has a big population of this. I want to help make sure, that anyone who is living in this world can experience the sounds of joy," Lee said.

Lee is actively involved in raising awareness about hearing screening for newborn babies, more so after his son suffered a temporary hearing loss some time ago.

"Parents and family members must not ignore the smallest signs of hearing loss and should take seedy action if diagnosed. Over the past few years, I have personally witnessed how a implant takes a person from silence to sound. It is a life changing moment."

Lee said creating awareness for hearing impairment resonates with him.

"Over the past few years, I have personally witnessed how a implant takes a person from silence to sound. It is a life changing moment."


Lee has met hundreds of implant recipients across cities including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Pune, Chandigarh, Kochi, Guwahati, and and now in

Nine children, who were born deaf in J&K, were given Cochlear implants here.

"In less than a year, our hospital has successfully performed nine Cochlear implant surgeries and we are delighted when we see the progress of our young superstars. It gives us the motivation and drive to continue working to make our state free of hearing impairment," said Dr Man Mohan Harjai, Chief Administrative Oficer, SMVDNSH.

Lee also praised the state for early diagnosis of hearing disability and its effective treatment in

"I can't imagine cricket without sound - on the field not hearing the appeals and the crowd, off the field not hearing team mates, or at home not hearing family. I can't imagine it," he said.

"A cochlear implant can change all of that. I've seen it happen. The implant takes a person from silence to sound. It is a wonderful, life changing moment," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:30 IST
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