Continuous active efforts are vital in raising public awareness through education and understanding for healthy ear and hearing care and its impact on the life quality of every individual. Nurturing the correct practise has the potential of making ear and hearing care as a lifestyle and will contribute towards decreasing the risk of hearing loss. The ORL Department is always committed towards the ear and hearing program under the World Health Organisation. In this regard, the World Hearing Day Celebration was also held at hospitals in the Belait, Tutong and Temburong Districts.
In the Belait District, the exhibition was held at the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait. The ORL Department, Ministry of Health from time to time will carry out various activities and programs to provide awareness on the practice of healthy ear and hearing care towards upholding the Minstry of Health's vision, Together towards Healthy Citizens.
In the Tutong District, the exhibition was held at the lobby of the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital. According to the Allied Specialist from Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors such as genetic problems, infections during pregnancy, premature birth and jaundice. The problem can occur at any age due to illness or injury such as exposure to loud noise, ear infections and age factor. There are a number of correct ear and hearing care practices that can contribute to a decrease in the risk of hearing loss. Dayang Hajah Susalnoor Binti Abdullah @ Hj Suhailee, Allied Specialist, Otorhinolaryngology Department, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital said that one of the department's emphasis is on ear care. It has been found that cleaning out the ears using cotton buds, or metal or plastic ear picks can cause more problems such as pushing the ear wax further into the ear canal which can introduce germs into the ear. It can also cause the ears to be injured and bleed or if the ear cleaning is done in depth, it can cause the ear drum to be torn or perforated.
Meanwhile in the Temburong District, the showcase was held at the Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam Hospital. Apart from the exhibition, a Pledge Ear and Hearing Care was also held, where participants wear ear plugs all day at the workplace to experience the challenge of hearing loss.
World Hearing Day is celebrated every 3rd of March since 2007 and the country has been observing the celebration since 2015 with the involvement of the public as well as related government and non-government agencies with the provision of hearing care in the country.
Source: Radio Television Brunei