THE ENT CLINIC

A7 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi 49.
+91 9958725553

Asian Cochlear Implant Program - ACIP



The ACIP is a well established Cochlear Implant Program in New Delhi.  

The Program was started in 2008 by Dr Shomeshwar Singh MS DLO FRCS MD once he returned to India. 
Since then it has carried out more than 300 Cochlear Implant Surgeries and mentored new Cochlear Implant Programs and Centres all over India. Our patients have come from:
North, South, East, West India
Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Congo, UK, USA, Uzbekistan

Our published complication rates are less than 0.5% and our list of star performers is endless. 
 (If you are considering cochlear implant surgery, please ask us to put you in touch with other families who have been in your position but are happy now with what they have managed with cochlear implantation)

The Surgeons:

  • Dr Shomeshwar Singh MS DLO FRCS MD
  • Dr Shashank Vashist MS ENT (Fellowship - Cochlear Implants)

Audiology Team:

Centre for Hearing at The ENT Clinic
A7 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi 49
011 65024941

Rehabilitation Partners

  • Ms Ritu Nakra LSCS Cert, Senior AVT Specialist

Hospitals:

  • Columbia Asia Hospital, Palam Vihar, Gurugram
  • Spectra Apollo Hospital, Kailash Colony, New Delhi
  • IBS Hospital, Ring Road, New Delhi

Secy Staff:

Ms Suman

Contact Details:

earandhearing@gmail.com
+91 9958725553
A7 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi 110049, INDIA

Manager & Finance:

A Anand - +91 98100 55053, 98112 27492
  

What is a Cochlear Implant?

Cochlear Implants in India - (Ref: www.cochlear.com)  

What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to send sound signals to the brain. cochlear implants have helped over one hundred thousand people hear again or for the first time.

Who can they help?

Cochlear implants can help children who:

  •     Have severe to profound sensorineural (inner ear) hearing loss in both ears.
  •    Receive no real hearing benefit from hearing aids.
  •    Are not making progress in developing speech. 
  •    Have parents and families dedicated to their child learning speech and being part of the hearing world.

How do they work?

Many people suffer hearing loss because they have damage to hair cells in the inner ear or (or cochlea). If some hearing nerves still work, a cochlear implant can allow you to hear. 

What are the benefits of a cochlear implant?

Many parents of children with cochlear implants report that their child:

  •     Speaks at normal hearing level
  •     Speech and language has developed at the right level for their age
  •     Has greater confidence in social situations
  •     Communicate better with family, friends and teachers
  •     Hears clearly in noisy environments
  •     In classrooms, playgrounds and other loud, busy places
  •     Enjoys a world of new sounds
  •     Parents and friendís voices, music, birds singing, rain outside the house
  •     Feel safer in the world
  •     Know the direction sounds come from such as voices and approaching vehicles
  •     Talk on the phone
  •     Enjoy music

What factors can affect hearing outcomes?

Hearing is uniquely different for everyone - like a fingerprint. There are many factors that can affect how well your child will hear and talk with a cochlear implant. These include:

  •    How long your child has had hearing loss
  •    The condition of their inner ear
  •    Other medical conditions
  •    The level of habilitation after receiving the cochlear implant
  •    Practice hearing with their cochlear implant

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Baha  (Ref: www.cochlear.com)

What is a bone conduction implant?

Most people with hearing loss use standard hearing aids which make sounds louder and send them through the ear canal and middle ear to the inner ear (cochlea) where the hearing nerves are but some people may not be able to hear via this process. There may be problems with the outer or middle ear, or one ear may not function at all. In these instances, sound needs to take a different path to the inner ear in order to bypass these hearing roadblocks and thatís where bone conduction plays such a vital role.or who are deaf in one ear, a bone conduction implant such as Baha, is the most effective way to provide hearing.Instead of trying to send sound through the damaged part of the ear, a bone conduction implant uses the bodyís natural ability to send sound through bone, bypassing the outer and middle ear completely. The result is a clean, clear sound without the distortion or feedback often associated with standard hearing aids.

Who can they help?

Bone conduction implants can help children with:

  •     Conductive hearing loss (problems with the outer or middle ear)
  •     Mixed hearing loss (problems with the outer/middle and inner ear)
  •     Single sided sensorineural deafness (total deafness in one ear)

Baha Softband

Unlike other hearing implants, a Baha can be trialed before making the decision to proceed with surgery. The sound processor is connected to a test band, test rod or Baha Softband, allowing your child to instantly experience hearing via the Baha system. As a parent, you too can trial Baha to experience the quality of sound your child will be hearing.



Best age for Cochlear Implant

Tele rehabilitation



Is your child's rehabilitation up to the mark?

Cochlear implant surgery is safe and successful every time. The child's or adult's hearing is restored by surgery. But without training and rehabilitation specific to each patient, outcomes in terms of receptive and expressive language development are very limited. In spite of early implantation, many children do not do well only because they did not undergo rehabilitation. Local speech therapists are a boon but unfortunately in India and many similar large countries, travelling to a speech therapist just does not work out as well as we would like if they are not local or if they are not well trained.

Distance from the centre is the single most important reason why a lot of children miss out on rehabilitation. To help with this, Ms Ritu Nakra (+91 98995 85624), a very senior and one of only three LSCS Certified AVT Specialists in India, has developed Tele rehabilitation.

Call her to find out more about this. She uses a combination of Laptop / Desktop PC and I PAD over internet to conduct rehabilitation sessions. You can see her conduct one of these sessions in the pic below: