Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC) 

Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
Tel: 88-02-882-007
Fax: 88-02-9881-535
Web: http://sahic.org
Hospital and University Affiliation
Society for Assistance to Hearing impaired Children (SAHIC)

Center Director   
Dr. M Nurul Amin
Email: solaris.dhaka@gmail.com

SHORT HISTORY of SAHIC and ITS PROJECTS:

Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC) was established as a Non-Governmental philanthropic organization after being registered with the appropriate Government authorities in the year 1989.

The Society began organizing mobile rural ear camps with specialist doctors and technical staffs in the remotest areas of the country to create awareness of the effects of hearing loss among the general population. Emphasis was placed on early diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairment, prevention and education about diseases that may cause hearing impairment.

The National Centre for Hearing & Speech for Children (NCHSC) at Mohakhali, Dhaka started functioning from 25th February 1992 in its own building with following service facilities:

Out-Patient department with an Out-Patient Operation Theatre to perform day care surgeries with 3 ENT Specialists.

Hearing testing laboratory to perform the following tests with four audiometricians and one hearing aid technician. Testing offered included:

      • Behaviour Observation test
      • Play Audiometry
      • Pure Tone Audiometry
      • Free Field Audiometry
      • Impedance Audiometry / Tympanometry
      • Brain Stem Evoke Response Audiometry (BERA/ABR)
      • Aided Audiometry
      • Speech Audiometry
      • Tone Decay
      • Tinnitus Matching
      • Tinnitus Masking
      • Caloric Test

Ear Mold laboratory to prepare ear mould and to fit hearing aids with one Ear Mold Technician and one Junior Ear Mould Technician.

The staffs of the hearing testing and ear mold laboratories were trained locally and in the neighboring countries of the region.

In 1994 an Integrated Pre-School for Hearing Impaired Children was established to provide language therapy to hearing impaired children along with normal hearing children in the oral auditory method. The age of the children enrolled was 3-6 years and the capacity of the school was 160 students in the proportion of four hearing impaired children:one normal hearing child. The preschool staff included a principal, three teachers, six assistant teachers and ten class assistants. The teaching staffs were trained at home and in the neighboring countries in the region.

In 1995 a Sub-Centre at Chittagong, a port city about 350 K.M. away from Dhaka, was established in a rented house with the facilities of Out-Patient Department and a Pre-school for the hearing impaired children. Subsequently, in 1999 the Sub-Centre has been shifted in its own building with more spaces and facilities. The number of staffs to start with 1 Medical Officer for the OPD, 1 Teacher and 1 Assistant Teacher for the Integrated Pre-School, Hearing Test Laboratory to assess hearing loss with 1 audiometrician, and ear mold laboratory with 01 Ear Mold Technician, but has gradually increased to 3 Part Time ENT Consultant. The capacity of the school has increased from 30 to 60 children. A Speech Therapy Department with 1 Speech Therapist started functioning since 2003.

The National Centre for Hearing and Speech at Dhaka has expanded manifolds with increased number of patients in the OPD and testing laboratory. The number of Medical Officer and Specialist has increased from original 3 to 14 doctors. In the hearing test laboratory includes a technical supervisor, three audiometrician, four-Junior Audiometrician and in the Ear Mold lab now one Ear Mold Technician and two Junior Ear Mold Technician are working at present.

In 1999 a Specialized ENT Hospital was established on top of the Centre building to cater the need of patients requiring surgical treatment to prevent, preserve and restore hearing of the patients. During last five years 12 cochlear implant operation were performed besides along with many microsurgeries of the ear. Through the initiative of the Centre, specialists from U.K., USA and Canada makes short term visits (2-4 weeks) to give consultations and to perform operations on the patients, and to perform various hearing tests, along with other audiological and speech therapy assistance.

A Speech Therapy Department with locally and regionally trained Speech Therapist started functioning and at present one Speech therapist and two Junior Speech Therapist working in the Department.

A Total communication school for profoundly hearing impaired children between the ages of 7-12 has been established and started functioning since 2002 at a hired house in Mirpur, Dhaka, about 10 K.M. away from the main Centre.

For your information a comparative activity report of different projects and activities of SAHIC for last four years are provided below.

National Centre for Hearing and Speech for Children (NCHSC) Of SAHIC
Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212

Activity Report: 2006 - 2009

Particulars2006200720082009Patients seen and advised
65,80973,22577,83877,222Children19,36120,48320,94420,729Adult46,448
52,74256,89456,493Patients reportede for follow-up
16,58318,52519,30719,106Number of audiological tests done
15,54717,81921,51720,084Number of ear impressions taken878958980910Number of ear mould prepared and provided867970959942Number of hearing aids provided
296416331418Number of hearing aids repaired and checked
563
 548530
369

Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC)
Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212
Rural Ear Camp Programme

Activity Report: 2006 - 2009

Particulars2006200720082009Number of Camp20162528Number of Camp Organized in Days25374353Total Number of Patients Seen & Advised6,4646,48310,0689,575Number of Children Below 15 years
4,2813,4544,14849Number of Adult Patients
2,1833,0295,920158Children detected with moderate, severe & profound hearing loss6957160132Number of patient referred to NCHSC
for further audiological investigations and treatment for various ailments596266609158Patients Referred to SENTH for Further Treatment239162351132

Integrated Pre-School for Hearing Impaired Children (IPSHIC)
Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212

Activity Report: 2006 - 2009

Particulars2006200720082009Number of students
176184203195A. Hearing impaired children
159154198185B. Children with normal hearing
173057Individual therapy (once a week)
1282825Number of parents guidance whose children are below age 3
59512Number of hearing impaired children successfully completed their education at IPSHIC and released for admission into primary school
35173438PROF M. N. AMIN: HONY. Director, NCHSC & IPSHIC, & HONY. Chief Consultant, SENTH


Specialized Ent Hospital (SENTH) oF SAHIC
Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212

Activity Report: 2006 - 2009
No. of Beds: 28

Particulars2006200720082009Number of patients admitted
2,0842,8063,0672,993Total number of operations done
2,0382,7483,0612,987Under local Anesthesia as O.P.D. case
369647879748Under Local Anesthesia as admitted case
317385398455Under General Anesthesia as admitted case
1,3521,7161,7841,784Number of microsurgerys done
481532525597Number of cochlear implants done 1 1 1 5Number of patients admitted in paying
beds and cabins 1,040
 1,597 2,056 1,684Number of patients admitted in free
beds with subsidy in other charges 998 1,151 1,0051,303
Duration of stay in the Hospital3 days
3 days3 days3 daysBed Occupancy
48.99% 
61.67% 
64.22% 
65.09%