The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam plans to set up sub centers of its Sravanam project at Mahbubnagar and Visakhapatnam to extend its service to hearing impaired children up to five years .
Announcing this at the fifth anniversary celebrations of the Sravanam project the TTD executive officer Sri L V Subramanian said that the objective was to enlarge the benefit to more children with hearing impairment all over the state.
Lauding the efforts of the Sravanam project staff for their committed service to the poor children the Executive Officer said that they will all be granted more incentives for their exemplary work after approval of the board .
Sri Subramaniam said that the TTD also planned to organize regular Sravanam camps with the medical experts and technicians in other parts of the state in coordination with concerned district administration and Health officials .
Chief Medical Officer of TTD , Sri C Prabhakar said that Sravanam experiment which began in December 2006 with just 15 children had grown into an apex institution for treatment of children with hearing impartment with over 200 children . A recent camp held at Guntur had received tremendous response from devotees and also poor patients, he said.
Smt Saraswati Narayanaswamy, coordinator of Sravanam Project said that four of every 1000 new born children suffered with hearing impairment. Contending that consaguious marriages were the root cause of such deficiencies she said they could be cured if addressed before the child was 1-1/2 years of age .
Earlier tiny tots with hearing impairment being treated at Sravanam project complex enthralled the audience with their rhyme singing. Head Mistress Sujata and other staff of the Sravanam project participated.