Hearing loss is the most common sensory deficit in human today. Currently there are 291 per one lakh population who are suffering from severe to profound hearing loss, of these a large percentage are Children between the ages of 0 to 14 years. It amounts to a severe loss of productivity, both physical and economic.
The programme was initiated in 2007 on pilot mode in 11 States / UTS in INDIA including 9 (nine) districts of Assam. The districts are namely :- Nalbari / Darrang / Sonitpur / Lakhimpur / Kamrup (M) / Nagaon / Jorhat / Sivsagar / Goalpara.
It was proposed to expand the programme additional 9 (nine) more districts during financial year 2016-17 and it has been approved for the districts namely - Kokrajhar / Barpeta / Kamrup (R) / Golaghat / Dibrugarh / Dhubri / Cachar / Karimganj / Hailakahdhi.