Hearing loss should be taken seriously: Dr Handa of Medanta Gurgaon

Dr KK Handa, Chairman, Medanta Division of ENT & Head-Neck Surgery, addressing media persons at Jammu. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Dr KK Handa, Chairman, Medanta Division of ENT & Head-Neck Surgery, addressing media persons at Jammu. —Excelsior/Rakesh

*Will visit Jammu Centre for OPD

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 23: Dr KK Handa, Chairman Medanta Division of ENT & Head-Neck Surgery and one of the foremost ENT surgeons of the country today reached out to Jammu to discuss the importance of screening newborns for early detection of hearing loss and to detect children who have hearing impairment as early as possible.
Advising the parents and family members not to ignore even smallest signs of hearing loss and take speedy action if hearing loss is diagnosed, Dr Handa, who has been heading the Department of ENT & Head Neck Surgery Medanta Medicity Gurgaon since 2009, said that hearing loss is a grave public health concern today, as around 34 million children across the globe suffer some form of hearing loss and India has a big population of this.

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Dr Handa who has expertise in voice, laryngology, lasers, Cochlear implants, head & neck surgery and sleep surgery, was in the “City of Temples” to raise awareness about hearing screening. Talking to media persons here at Press Club Jammu, Dr Handa said, “Anyone who is living in this world can experience the sounds of joy”.
“Over the past few years, I have personally witnessed how a Cochlear implant takes a person from silence to sound. It is a life changing moment,” he said, adding, in Medanta Gurugram he has successfully performed more than 130 Cochlear implant surgeries and most of operated patients are doing very well after surgery.
Dr Handa also highlighted the need to be aware of voice disorders and about laser microsurgery of vocal cords which is exclusively available in Medanta Medicity Gurugram. “This allows normal voice of the patients to be restored,” he said, adding that in the past decade, he has performed more than 3000 vocal cord surgeries. Dr Handa also informed that he will be available once in three months for OPD Consultations on the Ear, Nose and Throat diseases at Medanta Mediconsult Centre Jammu.