About 765 children in Nghia Hung district of the northern province of Nam Dinh received free hearing screening on April 14 as part of a plan to offer hearing check-ups to around 10,000 youngsters in the province.

The charitable activity, co-organised by the Central Children’s Hospital and the provincial department of Education and Training, is slated to be held from April 14 to May 26 in Nghia Hung and Giao Thuy districts.

According to Nguyen Tuyet Xuong, h ead of the hospital’s ear-nose-throat department, being unable to hear can impede the cognitive development of children.

If their impairment is not promptly detected and treated, they can become permanently deaf, Xuong added.

Vietnam has more than 1 million hearing-impaired people, including over 400,000 children of school age.-VNA