Biomedical Research Grant Awardee 2023

Smartphone based ‘Speech/speech spectrum in Noise’ hearing screening tests for early identification of hearing loss in children

Dr. Vidya Ramkumar

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

Hearing impairment is considered as a silent disability across the world. Unaddressed hearing loss impacts communication and speech, cognition, social isolation, society, economy, education and employment. Therefore, Hearing screening for newborns has become a common practice in many high-income countries. In Low- and middle-income country like India, stake holders are making possible efforts to set up a newborn hearing screening program. Mobile health solutions have been explored in hearing health care services to reduce device costs, decentralize health care, and address the device related gaps that exist in early identification of childhood hearing loss.

Recently we developed (funded by DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance), SRESHT – a low cost mHealth based hearing screening device to screen for disabling hearing losses (>40% of hearing loss) in children below 6 years of age in rural districts of Tamil nadu.

Our proposed project through the current grant aims to scale up the SRESHT device to various states of India by developing and validating hearing screening module using ‘Speech/ speech spectrum based stimuli’ in noise in several Indian languages (Telugu, Hindi, Kannada). These modules will have language independent stimuli for children below 3 years of age and language dependent modules for children between 3 and 6 years of age. This project also aims to screen lower degrees of hearing loss (mild degree) in children using SRESHT device’s newly developed hearing screening module. We believe this will support implementation of community level early identification of childhood hearing screening thorugh both public sector and NGOs in India.


Dr. Anil Prabhakar

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

Ms. Deepashree Joshi

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai


Dr. GVS Murthy

Pragyaan Sustainable Health Outcomes Foundation (PRASHO)

Dr. Arun K Singh

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur

India is rapidly transforming into a dynamic hub of intellectual innovation and discovery. To support the science and technology ecosystem in the country, the Sree Padmavathi Venkateswara Foundation has created peer- reviewed funding programs that recognize exceptional researchers with the potential to achieve ground-breaking results in areas of critical national
importance. Our foundation provides these researchers with generous funding and empowering mentorship to generate knowledge and develop sustainable solutions of the highest quality, particularly in the fields of biomedical and agricultural research. We also work on projects to deploy advanced knowledge and improve the income of small and marginal farmers. We believe that by working together, we can create sustainable solutions that will benefit not only India but also the world.

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