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Navi Mumbai’s First Cochlear Implant Surgery at DY Patil Hospital

October 14, 2021 - by dyph.admin - in Success Stories

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Navi Mumbai’s First Cochlear Implant Surgery was performed at DY Patil  Hospital Nerul, Navi Mumbai on 9th October 2021, by Dr.Yogesh Dabholkar, Professor and Head of ENT in DY Patil Hospital R.C. under the guidance and mentorship of Dr.K.K Ezzy, consultant ENT Surgeon in Saifee hospital. The team at DY Patil Hospital did her surgery free of cost, with the patient’s family having to pay only the cost of the implant and the medicines.

Dr. Yogesh Dabholkar says that 5 out of 1000 infants are born with or develop disabling hearing loss in early childhood.

As per WHO estimates 63 million Indians have disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss has been referred to as an invisible disability and has long been stigmatized in communities and ignored by policymakers.

Children with significant hearing loss are plunged into a world of silence as they cannot hear and understand speech. As such, they remain mute leading to hurdles in education and vocation.

Maternal infections like toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus, measles, and herpes can cause congenital deafness at birth.
More severe cases of hearing loss are not benefited from hearing aids and require cochlear implant.

Sachin Patil, an audiologist at DY Patil Hospital says after the implant surgery, intensive audio verbal therapy is needed. The girl child who underwent cochlear implant surgery in DY PATIL was not befitting with hearing aids. Her parents with great difficulty raised the amount of rupees 6.3 lakh to buy the implant.

Dr Bhavika Verma, ENT consultant at DY Patil Hospital adds that if children with congenital deafness are diagnosed early and rehabilitated with hearing aids, they can hear and learn speech and become productive individuals reducing the financial burden on families. This first surgery flags off the cochlear implant program at DY Patil Hospital.

The implant team at DY Patil also includes Dr. Haritosh Velankar, Dr. Akanksha Saberwal, Dr. Cassandra Carvalho, and Dr. Tanush Shah, in addition to pediatricians, occupational therapists, and child psychologists DY Patil Hospital has all the requisite infrastructure in place and is now the only cochlear implant center in Navi Mumbai.

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