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SBI Foundation to support 50 children with speech & hearing disabilities in West Bengal

SBI Foundation to support 50 children with speech & hearing disabilities in West Bengal

India Blooms News Service | | 18 May 2017, 11:20 pm
Kolkata, May 18 (IBNS): SBI Foundation and Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (AYJNISHD), Mumbai has undertaken an initiative to support 50 families having children born with profound hearing loss.

SBI Foundation provided the cost of Cochlear Implants and post-operative rehabilitation under CSR Project: SBI - Shravan Shakti to AYJNISHD. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, SBI presented an amount of Rs. 2.65 Crore to Dr. A. K. Sinha, Director of AYJNISHD, Mumbai for providing Cochlear Implants to 50 children from West Bengal in the event organized on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. A. K. Sinha appreciated the SBI for coming forward to enable the children with disability to overcome their disability and live a normal way of life with new rays of hope.

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India launched the Cochlear Implant program in 2015 by providing Rs 6.00 lakhs subsidy per child for parents having monthly income of less than Rs.15000/- under ADIP scheme.

AYJNISHD is the nodal Agency for the implementation of Cochlear Implant program all over India. 172 hospitals have been empaneled for the Cochlear implant surgery in Government and Private setup. 788 surgeries have been conducted so far including 50 surgeries in West Bengal.

However, still there are large number of children waiting to undergo cochlear implant surgeries.

To augment the resources of the Government of India, and to help the children born with hearing disability, SBI Foundation, the CSR arm of  State Bank of India supporting cochlear implant surgeries for 50 young deaf children from West Bengal who will get the opportunity to hear and speak post-surgery.

Cochlear Implant is an electronic device which benefit the children with deafness. The internal part of the cochlear implant is placed in the skull through surgery and electrodes are inserted in cochlea by a highly trained Ear Nose Throat (ENT) surgeon.

The external part of the cochlear implant: speech processor is worn behind the ear and the transmitter is held at mastoid bone externally (by pull of magnet) and connected with cord. The Audiologist switch on the Cochlear Implant and after mapping the child can hear normally. Speech language pathologists, special educators for children with hearing impairment, along with parents stimulate the child with spoken language so that child develops speech mode of communication.