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Cochlear implant surgery - New hope for people suffering from severe deafness

 

The new procedure is being introduced by the hospital’s Department of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, and the Department of Speech and Language Pathology. Conventional hearing aids (analog and digital) are not beneficial to patients suffering from severe to profound deafness. Such patients were either left helpless as their condition was untreatable locally, or had to travel abroad to benefit from cochlear implants. 

“The introduction of this new procedure will benefit children who were born deaf or became deaf due to an illness during their childhood, such as meningitis (inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), septicemia, or infections in the inner ear or hearing nerve. It will also help adults who have suffered from viral infections of the inner ear, as well as meningitis, encephalitis and drug toxicity. In some cases, the cause of deafness may even be unknown. These patients may have tried hearing aids, but would not have found them useful,” explained Dr. Dinesh Murmu, Consultant in ENT, Head and Neck Surgery at Apollo Bramwell Hospital.

Many children who are deaf as from early childhood are also unable to speak, and can only communicate with sign language. This situation can also be completely avoided, as cochlear implants would allow the child to develop normal speech as he or she grows up.

“Young children who undergo cochlear implant surgery may need long-term rehabilitation to learn or relearn the sense of hearing. Surgery must therefore be followed by rigorous speech rehabilitation therapy. Since Mauritius is a multi-lingual country, speech and language therapy carried out locally will be of great support to patients, as opposed to rehabilitation abroad which can never be complete due to linguistic barriers,” added Dr. Murmu.

The introduction of cochlear implant surgery in Mauritius will bring great relief to families who wish to have recourse to this treatment. Surgery performed abroad is not only more expensive, but also involves the heavy cost of travelling. Furthermore, this situation causes major disruptions to normal family life, especially when the patient is a child who needs to be accompanied by parents during the treatment.

Patients who are eligible for cochlear implant surgery will benefit from the support of highly trained and experienced medical staff and a fully qualified speech therapist. Furthermore, any additional support or troubleshooting of the cochlear device can also be carried out at the hospital. 

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Jane and I wanted to thank you so much for the care you and your colleagues took of Jane whist in Mauritius. Everything went well and Prakash did a great job of getting us to your clinic and back over the 6 dialysis days. We had a wonderful holiday and our children and grandchildren plus the other family all enjoyed it enormously. Best wishes to you all

Andrew and Jane Stewart
17.04.2017