A 65-year-old hearing-impaired doctor in Pune, wants to offer a voluntary service by becoming a teacher of those mothers whose children are hearing-impaired.
Dr N G Kulkarni comes for a regular check-up to Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist in Pune. Wachasunder went beyond a formal doctor patient relationship as he wanted to keep this hearing-impaired doctor busy by offered him a chance to utilise his medical knowledge for the betterment of hearing-impaired kids.
Retirement for Dr Kulkarni will soon be more than just spending time with family, taking afternoon siestas and joining laughter clubs.
Dr Wachasunder has offered him a chance to provide some voluntary service at Swaranad – a pre-primary school for hearing-impaired children. In the meeting that took place between these two doctors on Monday, Dr Kulkarni has shown readiness to offer a voluntary service for some hours in a week.
“This service will refresh me and will also be of some good to society. These days, I whiled away my time reading books and newspapers,” said Dr Kulkarni, who retired as Chief Medical Officer while serving in Ahmednagar district in 2010. Now, he has settled down in Pune with his wife.
Dr Kulkarni underwent a few surgeries, the failure of which led him to lose his hearing capacity in a progressive manner. “For any person, who does not have congenital deafness, it becomes difficult for them to cope up with this hearing loss which they encounter it in a later stage. The process is painful. Kulkarni’s help would not only be helpful for the children who cannot hear, but also would be helpful for him to utilise his time in a more fruitful manner at this age.”
Dr Kulkarni comes to Dr Wachasunder for regular check-up and the the way they speak with each other suggests that they enjoy a friendly bond. “Whenever he visits me, I try making him happy with our talk. Now, with this opportunity I just want to make him happier.”
Dr Kulkarni would be teaching the mothers of hearing-impaired kids on the anatomy of ear, how to use hearing aid and how to take precaution of the ear to prevent it from further damage. Dr Wachasunder is also thinking of assigning some kind of work to him where dialogue would not be required, like looking at correspondence of the school, work related with the monthly magazine of the school etc.