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Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I quite liked the article (FT 20/2) about hearing issues involving children.

The report says that 50 per cent of hearing issues involving children can be dealt with if identified at an early age, says Frank Hilton Organisation chief executive officer Sureni Perera.

I know of children who we thought to be slow learners.

But it was their hearing impairment that was the cause. If identified early the child can bear his or her education.

But let me tell you about all the people who are seen walking around with earphones or listening to music or whatever.

It seems that every fifth person I pass on the road is wearing earphones.

There are times when I can clearly hear the sound of the music they are listening to.

It's very loud.

Many of these people have been the cause of accidents when they suddenly cross the road oblivious to vehicle engine noise or the horn.

And when made aware they stare with hate at the driver. But with this loud music blaring away in their ears we also have shops that play loud music.

I avoid these shops because I can't stand loud music. But thank you to Frank Hilton Organisation chief executive officer Sureni Perera for their initiative in going to Labasa this week with a team of audiologists from Australia and a few from within Fiji.

You will no doubt identify some children.

And may I suggest that the police book people who cross the road when they are wearing earphones listening to loud music and almost causing accidents.

Or just allow the motorist to run over them.

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