VIMS & RC launches a Cochlear Implant Centre in the Department of Rehabilitation at Vydehi Hospital

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Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre in its ten years of existence has transformed itself to a super specialty hospital of truly global standards.

Addressing the media here today, Mrs. Kalpaja Dalavoi, Director of VIMS & RC said, “Hearing impairment is no more considered as a disability. With recent advances in medical field, there are management options for individuals with profound hearing impairment. Cochlear Implant is among one of the options and is usually suggested when there is no benefit from hearing aids. Arrival of high end diagnostic equipments for early identification of hearing loss as early as 6 months facilitates the early intervention and management of hearing loss. Keeping this in mind VIMS & RC has opened Cochlear Implant Centre to facilitate the management of hearing loss with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipments at an affordable cost”.

The Programme is mentored by renowned Cochlear Implant surgeon Padmashree Prof. (Dr.) J. M. Hans, of New Delhi, is a pioneer for Minimum Surgical Intervention – Veria Technique of cochlear implant surgery in India. Adding to this Dr. G. Prabhakar, Prof. & HOD, Department of ENT, VIMS & RC said that the department has well equipped OT facilities to undertake cochlear implant surgery.

Our guest speaker for the occasion Prof. (Dr.) J. M. Hans said, that the process however does not end with surgery, auditory re-habilitation is essential for those who have undergone cochlear implant surgery. The success of cochlear implants depends solely on an efficient re-habilitation programme. This service will be imparted at Auditory Rehabilitation Centre at Vydehi Institute of Rehabilitation (VIR).

Cochlear implant is a small artificial hearing device which is designed to produce hearing sensation by electrical stimulation of nerves inside the inner ear. The patient needs to know learning and relearning techniques. Hearing through cochlear implant is very different from normal hearing or hearing through hearing aids. Cochlear implant facilitates development of listening and speech skills, more so in the young to attend school with hearing peers. Cochlear Implantation is a life changing event to many individuals with profound hearing loss.