Staff Reporter

SAHI appeals for assistance to the hearing-impaired

2,500 children born every year without ability to hearLess than 10 can afford a cochlear implant, the only cure

HYDERABAD: One has to listen with the heart and not merely with the ear, to understand the plight of nearly 2,500 children born every year in Andhra Pradesh without the ability to hear.

Less than 10 of these children can afford a cochlear implant, the only way they can listen to the varied sounds of life.

That is where the Society to Aid the Hearing Impaired (SAHI) hopes to make a difference. It has so far provided hearing aids to 151 children and helped 128 undergo surgeries to improve their hearing capabilities.

SAHI ( has now appealed for more help and has roped in Telugu pop singer Smitha and TV anchor Jhansi as brand ambassadors to spread awareness among the general population.

At a function organised on Saturday at Apollo Hospitals, Bellary-based industrialist Janardhan Reddy became the first sponsor for SAHI, announcing a donation of Rs. 10 lakhs per year for five years, for helping the hearing-impaired children while cricketer Kanwaljeet Singh also declared his support for the campaign, titled Gift a Ear Project.

Those interested in helping the children can contact SAHI secretary Dr. E.C. Vinay Kumar at or over telephone number 23231075.