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  • 11 March, 2023

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Cochlear Implant Scheme

Cochlear Implant Scheme

  • Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the effectiveness of the Cochlear Implant Plan, which provides free surgery for children under the age of five.

  • The Central Government pays the six lakh rupee cost of one operation.

About Cochlea

  • The inner ear contains a hollow spiral-shaped bone called the cochlea, which is essential to hearing and takes part in auditory transduction.

  • Electrical impulses are converted from sound waves into distinct sound frequencies by the brain.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

  • The cochlear implant is a prosthetic device, a part of which is surgically implanted inside the cochlea.

  • Children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from hearing aids but have intact auditory nerves have been proven to benefit from cochlear implants.

  • Regular hearing aids and cochlear implants have different features.

  • A cochlear implant directly stimulates the nerve endings in the cochlea with electrical stimulation, whereas a hearing aid amplifies sound energy and sends it to the ear.

ADIP Program

  • Since 1981, there has been a programme called the ADIP Program (Assistance to Disabled People for Purchase/Fitting of Aids and Appliances).

  • Obtaining long-lasting, complex, and scientifically produced modern, standard aids to support the physical, social, and psychological rehabilitation of needed impaired people is the goal.

  • The devices that are given under the Scheme must be properly certified.

  • The plan also calls for performing remedial operations where necessary before dispensing such aid.

According to the Scheme, grants-in-aid are given to various implementing organisations to buy and distribute aids and assistive technology.

Read Also: Assistance to Disabled Persons ADIP Camp

Source: PIB

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