Introduction to Cochlear Implant
Speech and Hearing is the most effective method of communication, it is a unique boon to a human being. Unfortunately some are born deaf called ‘Prelingual Deaf’. Those born with normal hearing but have lost hearing after acquiring speech are called as “Postlingual deaf”. Deafness identified early helps addressing the challenges in rehabilitation of a Deaf child successfully. A cochlear implant is an established, effective and long-term hearing solution for people with moderate to profound hearing loss. Unlike traditional hearing aids that amplify, or make sounds louder, a cochlear implant system can be a more effective hearing solution for certain people. A cochlear implant is capable of directly stimulating the cochlea hearing nerve, bypassing the damaged area of the hearing pathway. When it comes to effectively managing hearing loss, among other factors, the brand of ear implants has been shown to make a significant difference in the speech performance outcomes of post-linguistically deafened adults.
Why Such Aggressive Steps Towards Cochlear Implant Required: (Use It Now or Lose It Permanently)
For over 30 years Cochlear Implant has been at the forefront of developing technologically advanced solutions that offer superior hearing performance. In its endeavor to create cutting-edge hearing solutions, Cochlear Implant has helped bring the gift of sound to more than quarter of a MILLION people across the world. About one in 1000 babies born in India is profoundly deaf. So, given the nearly 50,000 births in the country per day, the number of fully deaf children would be incredibly high. The aim of the Cochlear Implant in India is to bring the child into the mainstream so that he can do all those activities that other children do. Implants have to be inserted at an early age. Early implantation, before the age of five, aids extensively in speech development and language. “A child hears sounds from day one, and hearing centres in the brain are activated and stimulated. If the child does not hear a sound his brain centres will not develop. At a latter age, if implants are put, the child’s understanding of various sounds and their associations will not be good. Thereby emphasis is given to early detection in a new born child and early detection, cochlear implantation and rehabilitation is of paramount importance so that hearing is not lost permanently.
The cost of implant being the biggest constraint we are unable to do implant in the huge no. of deaf and mute children. As a social obligation we have decided to help these children by raising funds for them in our public Charitable trust, HCP ENT Charitable Trust. So please donate generously which shall be a highly appreciable contribution to this noble cause.
Kohinoor Hospital Department of ENT headed by Dr. Sanjay Helale aims at providing the highest level of diagnostic and surgical services in Cochlear Implants in India.
Center performed its 1st surgery on 26.04.2014.
13 months old, Master Farhaan Gauri whose hearing and speech was severely impaired since birth but detected at the age of 6 months. Candidacy Evaluation was done by Dr. Aparna N. Nandurkar Mumbai Specialist in Audiology / Speech Therapy at Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH). Doctors successfully managed to implant the child’s left cochlea and the post operative audio verbal therapy and rehabilitation was done at AYJNIHH institute. This was made possible because of a team of ENT Doctors performed this delicate task under the mentorship of Padma Shri - Dr. Milind Vasant Kirtane who has performed maximum no. of Cochlear Implants in India, highest no. in the country at the moment.