Learning that your child suffers from a severe hearing loss is a difficult experience. Our job is to ensure that your child receives the very best technology and professional care available.
A child's hearing develops from the third month of pregnancy. Children communicate from the moment they are born. They are constantly listening and are able to recognize the voices of their mother and father very soon. They learn to talk by imitating the sounds they hear. Children with a severe hearing loss are deprived of hearing environmental sounds around them. Today's modern technology can help children hear again, giving them access to oral communication and a wealth of sounds.
Once your child is diagnosed with a severe hearing loss, it is important to act immediately. The sooner a hearing loss is identified, the better the chances of successful rehabilitation. Early diagnosis and treatment of severe hearing loss is the first step toward successful hearing rehabilitation.
Early intervention means acting without delay to treat your child's hearing loss. If your child has an irreversible hearing loss that cannot be otherwise remedied, it is vital to get hearing instrumentation as soon as possible
If the brain has never processed auditory information, it loses the ability to do so after only a few years. As the brain of a child more easily adapts to and learns from new auditory input, early cochlear implantation is a key factor in providing your child with crucial acoustic information. Research has shown that children receiving hearing device prior to age two achieve open - set speech perception equal to or faster than children implanted after age two.
It is also very important to assess how well the hearing instrument (s) work (s) for the child. If hearing aids are not going to be enough to help the child to develop spoken language, it is crucial to determine this as quickly as possible so that other alternatives can be evaluated while the child is still in the critical language learning phase.
For babies who have had hearing experiences and lost their hearing later, a similar rule applies: the shorter the duration of deafness, the greater the likely benefit from the cochlear implant.
It takes time to understand and accept the fact that your child has a hearing loss. As soon as you are able to do this, you can begin to focus on how to cope with it. And when you're ready, you can gather more information that will help you deal with the practical side of things.
Talk to our ENT doctor and / or audiologist to get answers to all your questions. Do not hesitate to ask them for details. They know a lot about your situation. Remember that you are not alone. Hearing loss is more common than you think.
Knowing as much as possible about your child's hearing loss helps you to support your child's development of hearing and speech.
Families who went through the same experiences will understand your worries and can give you helpful advice. You will get to meet many families who attend our habilitation clinics.
If your child has been diagnosed with a hearing loss, your audiologist will discuss the options available for him/ her. Depending on the degree and the type of the hearing loss, your child may be a candidate for a hearing aid or a cochlear implant.
Hearing aids help your child to utilize the hearing abilities that he or she still has by amplifying sounds. If your child is a candidate for a hearing aid, your audiologists will advise you about the device that best suits your child's individual needs.
A cochlear implant is a hearing solution that takes over the function of damaged nerve cells in the inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants do not amplify sounds. Instead they process the sound signal electronically and use tiny electrical pulses to stimulate the hair cells in the inner ear.
My experience with cochlear implant My name is Gerald Andrew; I am 29 year old male Tanzanian. Last year (2009) was one of the most memorable for me. It’s when I received my cochlear implant at Apollo hospital in New Delhi after Read More »
I wanted to thank you immensely for the help that you provided to my father and thus to our family by giving him the gift of hearing. He is now recovering well and is able to hear all the conversations as normally as anyone else can.
My father, underwent a Stapedotomy ear surgery to correc ct his hearing problem, first in one ear and then 6 months later in the other. The result of the surgery was better than expected and post full recovery my father is able to hear very well. Read More »
My experience with cochlear implant My name is Gerald Andrew; I am 29 year old male Tanzanian. Last year (2009) was one of the most memorable for me. It’s when I received my cochlear implant at Apollo hospital in New Delhi after more than three years of hearing loss. Everyone’s experience with coch hlear implant is a bit different therefore, am happy to share mine with anybody out there, from the moment I lost my hearing, my experience during my stay at Apollo Hospital and one year later on, after cochlear implant. Read More »