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Nabha Wamburkar – The Deaf Champion in Indian badminton

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Indian badminton Champion Nabha Wamburkar is a young girl with hearing problem since childhood. But this girl with the support of her family made a successful career.

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Realizing the fact that your child is born with impaired hearing can be very distressing for a parent. Most of them become discouraged very quickly and give up on the possibilities of their child growing up to become a perfect human.

Babies generally develop most of their oratory abilities of speech and communication within the first two years. Hearing impairment is a major hindrance to this vital development process. This makes them incapable of going to normal school with other children.

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Here is an inspiring story of Nabha, who was born with hearing loss, but now is Deaf Champion in Indian Badminton.

Nabha Wamburkar: The Journey so far

Parents play a key part in shaping the lives of their children. But the story of a mother’s dogged search for a remedy for her daughter is sure to give you goosebumps.

The story we are going to tell you today is about a champion in Indian Badminton you wouldn’t have heard about yet.

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When Nabha Wamburkar was barely 15 days old, her mother Abha had a premonition about her. Abha’s worst fears were realized when Nabha did not respond to the loud whistling of a pressure cooker. She got Nabha’s hearing evaluated and confirmed Nabha’s hearing loss.

Nabha started speech therapy when she was 7 months old. She also wore optimally fitted hearing aids. But none of these helped in the development of her speech. The performing artist in Abha could not come to terms to the fact that her daughter could not talk to her.

After an agonising wait of 2.5 years, Abha heard of cochlear implants being done for children in India. However, the outcomes were uncertain. But the entire family were confident that a cochlear implant would benefit Nabha. And so in 1999, at the age of 3 years and 4 months, Dr. Milind Kirtane implanted Nabha with a cochlear implant.

Nabha Wamburkar now is every bit a normal happy-go-lucky teenager. She is a badminton champion and  won a bronze in women’s doubles at Asia Pacific Deaf Games Taipei 2015. Nabha is extremely articulate in English and loves Bollywood music. She also loves to travel for adventure and has visited far flung places such as Ladakh. She is aiming to become World No 1 Badminton player from India in the deaf category.

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Nabha is now pursuing a Bachelor’s degree course in Computer Applications from Pune University and is keen to contribute to the field of cochlear implants.

This article was written by I Hear Foundation

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