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Cochlear implant facilities for hearing impaired children come as a boon in Rajasthan
Recently, with Rajasthan's first successful bone bridge implant performed at Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur early this year and hundreds of cochlear implants being carried out on hundred of hearing impaired children in various medical colleges, the hope for such children being taught in general education schools has become a reality.

A cochlear implant is an tiny electronic medical device that can be implanted in inner ear by surgery to bypass the damaged hair cells of cochlea of a baby to provide sound signals directly to the brain to facilitative normal hearing .

"Many hearing-impaired children require the cochlear implant since they suffer from congenital deafness caused by weakness in nerves of the inner ear right from birth. But, since it costs a few lakhs of Rupees, it is unaffordable to a vast majority of parents of deaf and mute children. However, with the state government coming to aid of such children, some relief has come to the families having children with special needs," said Dr G. Singh who runs a school for such children in Jaipur.

For the bone bridge implant, which is done on persons above 5 years of age, no financial assistance is available from the government which is much costlier than the cochlear implant.

The surgery after the implant, require medication and speech therapy for encouraging children to start speaking and acquire some basic spoken vocabulary.

Currently,  a few  medical colleges of  Rajasthan the facility of cochlear implants has been extended and efforts are on that more medical colleges and major hospital have the facilities to restoring the hearing among children born deaf.

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