50% of deafness and hearing impairment is avoidable through:
2) Early Diagnosis
ALL YEAR ROUND CAMPAIGNS
* Promotion of public awareness regarding the importance of good hearing and its protection, causes, and consequences of hearing impairment and proper ear care.
* Screening programs in schools and communities for early detection and intervention.
* Capacity building of barangay health workers, community based rehabilitation field workers, nurses, and rural health physicians on prevention of deafness and hearing impairment.
* Referral to ENTs, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, speech pathologists, therapists, and teachers.