Helping India’s Children To Hear: Lilavati Hospital Launches State-Of-The-Art Cochlear Implant Program
L-R Dr Kamal Parsram, Senior ENT Consultant, Lilavati Hospital, Dr Chris E De D’ souza, Senior ENT Consultant, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) V Ravishankar, Chief Operating Officer
Mumbai, 25th February 2023: India’s leading multi-speciality medical facility, Lilavati Hospital And Research Centre, announced the launch of its advanced Surgically Implantable Hearing Device Program. The program aims to provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing, with access to life-changing cochlear implants which can help them regain 100 percent hearing. The inauguration was graced by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living.
Hearing impairment is a serious yet significantly neglected condition in India. According to the WHO, six in every 1,000 children in India suffer from profound hearing loss, leading to them experiencing a series of disadvantages throughout life. This profound loss of hearing disability can be alleviated if they get cochlear implants at the right age. Unfortunately, most of the patients who need these devices find it difficult to avail those due to reasons such as high cost or lack of expert care and much more.
Lilavati’s holistic Surgically Implantable Hearing Device Program offers a complete evaluation and care by a team of experts including ENT surgeons, Neurologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, and Social Workers. It also includes meticulous maintenance of medical records, modern well-equipped operation theatres with state-of-the-art equipment, in-house rehabilitation and speedy troubleshooting. Most importantly, all of these services are available at heavily subsidised rates for families belonging to marginalised and socio-economically weaker communities.
Speaking about the program, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) V Ravishankar, MS, DNB, MCh, Consultant Cardiovascular surgeon and Chief Operating Officer, Lilavati Hospital said, “We believe that every child deserves the gift of hearing, which is why we are extremely proud to launch our state-of-the-art Surgically Implantable Hearing Device Program. Our team of experts have successfully conducted over 500 implantable hearing device surgeries and we are committed to making this life-changing technology accessible to as many people as possible. We believe that this program will change the lives of many and help them lead a life without limitations.”
“We are very grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for inaugurating the program. His blessings are an affirmation of the good work done at Lilavati Hospital. We hope to continue changing the lives of people who are in need of assistance and help them lead a life without limitations,” added Lt. Gen. (Dr.) V Ravishankar, Chief Operating Officer, Lilavati Hospital
Lilavati Hospital sets the gold standard for addressing hearing problems with a comprehensive approach, on a scale and scope that is unmatched by other hospitals in India, making it a valuable resource for specialised care.