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What is a Cochlear Implant?
A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing or has not received any benefit from hearing aids. The cochlear implant is often referred to as a bionic ear.
Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. Signals generated by the implant are sent by way of the auditory nerve to the brain, which recognizes the signals as sound. Hearing through a cochlear implant is different from normal hearing and takes time to learn or relearn. However, it allows many people to recognize warning signals, understand other sounds in the environment, and go to a regular school and enjoy a conversation in person or by telephone.
Comprehensive Cochlear Implantation Program at IndiaCarez affiliated Indian Hospitals and have highly specialized and fully trained multidisciplinary team of medical professionals which consists of:
1. ENT surgical team
2. Neuro psychologist
4. Speech Therapist
There are various factors that need to be taken into consideration prior to cochlear implantation. Patients who may be candidates for cochlear implantation would have met with their audiologist and ENT(Hearing implant) Surgeon and the team would decide the best option for the candidate.
Cochlear implant surgery lasts about two hours and is performed while the patient is under general anaesthesia. The electrode array is inserted into the cochlea. The receiver/stimulator is secured to the skull. Typically, patients remain in the hospital for two nights. They have a bandage on their head which is removed after four days. Patients return to school or work as soon as they feel well enough to do so, usually within a week of surgery.
Activation of the implant takes place two to three weeks after implantation, allowing enough time for the incision to heal properly. Following this the implant is ‘programmed’ or ‘mapped’. Mapping is done on a regular basis during postoperative rehabilitation to fine-tune the processor and get the best performance as the patient gets used to hearing with the implant.
“My child was discovered as unable to hear just after she was born. We consulted the best doctors in our home country and they were of the opinion that Cochlear Implant surgery was required and it was not available in Kenya. Then I started to search for hospital outside my country for the treatment. I searched on the internet and I found IndiaCarez website. I filled up the form on the website. I got a call from the case manager and she told me to send the medical reports.
I sent the reports by mail and the case manager got back to me with the opinion doctor and the treatment package. She was very kind and explained me in detail about the package and traveling to India for Cochlear Implant Surgery. I was impressed with the profile of the ENT surgeon.
On the day we arrived in India, people from IndiaCarez came to receive us at the airport. They took us directly to the hospital and to our surprise a room was already booked for us and was kept ready. All our admission formalities were done in the room and we were made comfortable. I had never seen such caring services in hospitals back home in my country. My child was seen by a team of doctors and a series of tests were carried out. The surgery was planned and it went on successfully. We stayed in India for almost 8 weeks after the surgery for speech training and follow up. Overall it was a great experience. My Child can hear now and is learning to speak. I am extremely grateful to the doctors. Thanks a lot IndiaCarez.”
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