Hearing impairment is the most frequent sensory deficit in human populations, affecting more than 250 million people in the world.
Children with severe to profound hearing loss need to undergo a surgery called cochlear implant. Cochlear implant is an electronic device; that helps a hearing impaired child to hear like a normal hearing child. Cochlear implant costs around 8,00,000/- to 20,00,000/- Rs per ear. There are many kids who could not afford but still undergo cochlear implant with the help of sources like Chief minister relief fund / Prime Minister Relief Fund / State govt free cochlear implant program / Central govt schemes / fundraising organisation like Milaap and some more NGOs.
Getting surgery done is a major part, but post-surgery maintenance cost is also very high. They need to change the batteries, cables, processor repair costs and opposite ear hearing aids. There are families who sell their ornaments to maintain the processor and few of them end up discontinuing the processor usage because of unaffordable maintenance cost.
Just want to tell you my recent experience: almost one and half year back three kids underwent cochlear implant surgery from one family. Now all these three kids batteries having an issue. It will cost them aprox 60,000 Rs. Some how I managed for one kid. But other two kids are out of the processor now.
Another kid had problem with her BTE controller which costs around 53,000 Rs. They waited close to three months to buy it.
These are just two examples, there are many kids who are really in need of support. I jus thought of helping them in this way...
We have almost 100 kids from low socioeconomic status whose family could not bear maintenance cost of processor. There are many organisations and govt schemes helping for surgery, BUT THERE IS NO ONE TO HELP THEM WITH POST-SURGERY MAINTENANCE COST.
Being a direct viewer of this condition, we are taking small steps to support poor kids to maintain their processor for uninterrupted hearing. I request you all to join us in this noble cause to help these kids to continue hearing.