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Mary Mbatha, Mother of the Child From Kenya shares her experience of Cochlear Implant Surgery in India
My child was discovered as hearing deficient 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 hospitals outside my country for the treatment. The hospitals in America charged a huge amount for the treatment which was beyond my reach. Then one of my friends told me about India.
I searched on the internet and I found SafeMedTrip 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. The case manager helped me with the passport, visa and the air tickets which saved a lot of my time.
On the day we arrived in India, we met the surgeon and all our admission formalities were done. I have never seen such caring services in hospitals back home in my country. The next day and a series of tests were carried out and the surgery was planned and was successful.
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 is doing well and I am extremely grateful to the doctors. I thank everyone who helped me and my child at every step and would strongly recommend SafeMedTrip.Request a Call Back
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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 have two parts-
External (outside) parts that include a microphone, a speech processor, and a transmitter.
Internal (surgically implanted) parts – a receiver-stimulating system fixed to the skull bone behind the ear and electrodes which are inserted into the cochlea.
It is important to note that a cochlear implant does not restore normal hearing. Instead, it provides a deaf person with a useful representation of sounds in the environment to help him or her understand them. Get Estimate
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 SafeMedTrip affiliated Indian Hospitals and have highly specialized and fully trained multidisciplinary team of medical professionals which consists of:
- ENT surgical team
- Neuro psychologist
- Speech Therapist
- PaediatricianGet Estimate
Cochlear Implantation Programme begins with the surgical implantation of the device. There is an extensive period of post operative rehabilitation. This is a very crucial period where the patient, parents (of the patient), audiologist, speech therapist and our team of Junior and Senior ENT Surgeons work together in rehabilitating the hearing deprived patient to sound and speech.Get Estimate
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.
- Audiological assessment and trial with hearing aids. To assess the severity of the hearing loss, level of speech and language.
- CT and MRI Imaging – Complete scanning would be done of the ears and brain. We need to see the structure of the ears and the condition of the inner ear and hearing nerves. Medical Check up including preoperative blood tests.
- Patients would also be seen by a physician or paediatrician (in the cases of children) and vaccinated to reduce the risk of infections.
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Who can benefit from Cochlear Implantation ?
- Adults who have acquired speech but have become deaf secondary due to injury, illness or ototoxicity.
- The deafness must be of sensorineural type (i.e. a hearing impairment of the inner ear resulting from damage to the sensory hair cells or to the nerves that supply the inner ear) affecting both the ears and the hearing aid must have been used (adults) for a period of 3 – 6 months with very little or no help.
- Having a functioning auditory nerve.
- Having no medical reason to avoid surgery.
- Congenital deaf children with speech disability.
- Children who have acquired some speech then lose the sense of hearing following head injury, viral illness or meningitis etc.
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.
Switching on the implantActivation 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.Get Estimate
Mrs. Blessings Gambo from Nigeria shares her experience of Cochlear Implant Surgery in India
We stayed in India for almost 7 weeks after the surgery for speech training and follow up. Overall it was a great experience. My Child is doing well and I am extremely grateful to the doctors. I thank everyone who helped me and my child at every step.Refer a Patient
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