Bringing a ray of hope for those children who are born deaf,the department of ENT at Government Medical College & Hospital,Sector 32 has recently performed a state of the art cochlear implant surgery on a three-year-old deaf child. Using the high-tech and safe 20 Channel Digisonic Cochlear Implant System,the surgery was performed on the International Ear and Hearing Care Day. After recovery,the implant was switched-on and has responded very well.
The child is now getting speech therapy and help for cognitive development from the Audiologist-cum-Speech Therapists at Govt. Medical College & Hospital,Chandigarh .
According to doctors,the child was identified as having hearing loss after birth. The assessment was carried out at Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Unit of department of ENT,GMCH-32. Before the cochlear implant surgery,the child was taken up for speech and hearing rehabilitation after fitting a hearing-aid for six months.
With this unique surgery,doors have opened up for a large number of patients who have severe to profound hearing loss. The team headed by Dr Arjun Dass,professor and head of department of ENT performed the cochlear implant surgery. Gurvinderjit Kaur,Audiologist-cum-Speech Therapist informed that the parents were ecstatic that their child could finally hear.