A professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Foluwasayo Ologe, has urged the Federal Government to institute a policy on ear screening in the nation’s hospitals. The measure, Ologe said, was necessary to check the increasing hearing problems among many Nigerians. According to him, impaired hearing is a serious health problem that has resulted in social isolation and depression among many people.
He spoke while delivering an inaugural lecture titled, “Hearing loss: the hidden handicap,” at the university on Tuesday. Noting that aetiological factors or hearing loss could be congenial or acquired, he added that it could adversely affect the cognitive, verbal, social, academic and occupational development of individuals.
Ologe also said that it was imperative to strengthen immunisation scheme to help reduce acquired causes of hearing loss. He urged the Federal Government to enforce legislation on noise control and to compensate adequately victims of occupational hearing loss.