Sohum, made in India low-cost hearing screening device for newborns launched
SOHUM, an indigenously developed newborn hearing screening device has been launched by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
SOHUM, an indigenously developed newborn hearing screening device has been launched by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology. The aim is to make this battery-operated non-invasive device available across India to cater to nearly 26 million babies that are born every year in India.
Early screening will help minimising or reversing the damage that is caused by hearing lossThis innovative medical device has been developed by the School of International Biodesign (SIB) start-up Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt Ltd under the Department of Biotechnology (DTB).
More about SOHUM:
· Sohum is a low-cost portable device which uses brain-stem auditory evoked response, a best screening choice recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics and National Health Services of UK
· It measures auditory brain waves via three electrodes placed on the baby's head
· When stimulated, electrodes detect electrical responses generated by the brain's auditory system. If there is no response, it indicates child cannot hear
· Once it is detected at quite an early age, measures can be taken to prevent other problems such as impaired communication skills and even possible mental illness
· It is battery operated device and is non-invasive, it doesn't require babies to be sedated, which is risky, testing in process at present
· It has in-built algorithm that filters out ambient noise from the test signal. This is important because health clinics can be crowded and noisy
What is School of International Biodesign?
SIB is a flagship Program of the DBT aimed to develop innovative and affordable medical devices as per India's unmet clinical needs and to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in India. It is implemented jointly at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and IIT Delhi in collaboration with International partners.
Biotech Consortium India Limited manages techno-legal activities of the Program, which serves as a valuable contribution to the Make in India campaign by the Government.Source: