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Government Of Assam Health & Family Welfare

National Programme for control of Deafness


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.

Objectives of the Programme:

  • To prevent avoidable hearing loss on account of disease or injury.
  • Early identification, diagnosis and treatment of ear problem responsible for hearing loss and deafness.
  • To medically rehabilate persons of all age groups suffering with deafness.
  • To develop institutional capacity for ear care service by providing support for equipment, material and training personal.

Programme Execution & Expansion:

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.