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Cochlear implant device Nucleaus 5 to cure deafness surgery in KKR ENT Hospital, Chennai

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Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai and Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad are the other two hospitals in India where this most advanced cochlear implant surgery using Nucleus 5 was done recently.

Cochlear implant operation to help the deaf and dumb hear using the most advanced device has been performed successfully KKR ENT Hospital in the south Indian city of Chennai.

Surgeons at KKR ENT Hospital has surgically placed one of most advanced  cochlear implant devices called Nucleus 5 in the inner ears of 2-year old child suffering from deafness, reports said.

Cochlear implant surgery using Nucleus 5 has been the first of its kind performed in Tamil Nadu and the third one in India, hospital sources claimed.

The cochlear implant device Nucleus 5 was imported from Cochlear Implant Corporation, Australia.

Surgery for implanting cochlear device Nucleus 5 is very expensive as the the fifth generation device Nucleus 5 itself costs about Rs 9 lakh. The operation and hospital charges will be additional.

KKR ENT Hospital surgeons successfully implanted cochlear implant device Nucleus 5 in the ears of the child in a two-hours long surgical procedure along with the assistance from the doctors belonging to the  departments of anaesthesiology, radiology, paediatrics, ophthalmology, paediatric neurology and paediatric cardiology.

Cochlear implant device Nucleus 5 is recommended for children suffering from loss of hearing due to problems in hearing nerve.

The implanted device will electronically stimulate the hearing nerve of the cochlea or the inner ear to enable the user, who is suffering from nerve deafness, to perceive sound.

Deafness due to hearing nerve problems occurs when the tiny hair cells that line the cochlea are damaged. The damaged hair cells cannot send electrical impulses to the hearing nerve. So the brain fails to  receive complete sound information to be interpreted, surgeons of KKR ENT Hospital explained.

Cochlear implant device Nucleus 5 works best when implanted in children with deafness below 4 years of age.

Normally, it takes more years after implantation for realizing the speech patterns in full and complete verbal rehabilitation.

Speech training expert will assist with auditory verbal therapy and speech therapy for a period of two years following the surgery.

Apart from speech therapists, teachers, family members and the recipient’s audiologist are also involved in the comprehensive programme to develop the hearing and speech abilities of the children who are born deaf and dumb through providing key tools.

After the completion of the training programme, deaf and dump children may be able to hear and speak as clearly as the normal children.

KKR ENT Hospital has made a tie-up with the state government for its health insurance scheme under the Chief Minister’s health scheme.

Under the scheme, one insurance company in Chennai will pay Rs one lakh to the hospital covering the cost of the surgery.

The patient has to bear the remaining cost of the surgical procedure.

Cochlear Implant Corporation, currently the world’s largest implant manufacturer, has offices in India.

Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai and Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad are the other two hospitals in India where this most advanced cochlear implant surgery using Nucleus 5 was done recently.

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