Cheaper hearing implants offer a ray of hope for children
The Defence Research and Development Organisation will launch cost-effective implants for children with hearing disabilities by July 2012, announced Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former President at a conference.
He attended a conference on Transcanal Technique for Cochlear Implants held at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, Delhi. Kalam called for a movement against hearing disability with the help of latest scientific technology and involvement of stakeholders in the public and private sector.
“Hundreds of patients will benefit from these cost-effective cochlear implants as the cost of such implants comes to anywhere between 7-10 lakh. We aim to reach to the needy in this country who cannot afford such expensive treatment,” said Kalam.
Dr Kalam had initiated the concept when he was serving as the President of India and Dr Vijender Rao, senior scientist with DRDO has achieved success after working on this project for past six years. According to estimates, there are one million profoundly deaf people. Over 1.2 million with severe hearing disability, 0.9 million with moderate and 7.1 million people with mild hearing disability live in India.
“Deafness is slowly becoming a thing of the past. The transcanal technique for cochlear implants is not time-consuming and has reduced complications. The cost has reduced by 80 per cent in comparison with the conventional procedure.