Free hearing aids for 200 persons

February 24, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:35 am IST - KOCHI:

Two hundred people, including 150 children, will receive free hearing aids provided by the U.S.-based Starkey Hearing Foundation.

In association with the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), the Starkey Foundation will provide 400 hearing aids, including ear moulds and batteries. A six-day programme was inaugurated on Tuesday at AIMS, in which children aged between six and 15 years from various schools in the State were selected on the basis of poor socio-economic background.

A pair of hearing aids and accessories costs about Rs.25,000. Doctors and speech specialists at AIMS will conduct hearing tests and training programme for the recipients and fit the devices, all free of cost.

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