Aligarh: Fourteen-month-old, Hiba, who lives with her parents in the Russellganj area of Aligarh, was born with profound hearing loss. Her parents now cry tears of joy as Hiba giggles after her hearing problem has been successfully corrected in the first ever 'Live Cochlear Implant' at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
The implant was performed by a team of ENT specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi comprising Prof Rakesh Kumar, Dr Kapil Sikka and JNMC surgeons.
The procedure was done on the first day of a two-day workshop on 'Temporal Bone Dissection and Cochlear Implant' organised by the Department of ENT, JNMC which was followed by the Department of ENT's first ever Alumni Meet.
Hiba has now been discharged after the tiny electronic medical device was implanted in her inner ear to provide signals in her brain, facilitating normal hearing.
AMU Registrar, Abdul Hamid (IPS) said that cochlear implant is a ray of hope for parents with deaf children.
"It is blessing in disguise for parents, when their child's hearing problem is corrected," said Hamid adding that he is delighted and proud to be part of Department of ENT's academic fest and the first of its kind workshop conducted on the occasion.
It is also a moment of get together for alumni who will refresh old memories, said the AMU Registrar.
Prof Satish Chandra Sharma, Principal, JNMC said, "This is an exciting academic feast planned with the latest trends in cochlear implant with masters in the field as resource persons. I expect that the workshop will provide a common platform wherein experts in the field will be able to share their knowledge providing participants with a real time simulation."
JNMC Alumnus, Dr Rakesh Kumar (Department of ENT and HNS, AIIMS, New Delhi) spoke extensively on cochlear implants, facial plastics, rhinoplastics and laryngotracheal process. He assured JNMC, the necessary assistance from AIIMS in cochlear implants.
Prof Saurabh Varshney (Department of ENT and HNS, AIIMS, New Delhi), who is also a JNMC alumnus said that whatever success he has achieved in life is because of his education in JNMC and AMU. He recalled that during his student days, there was basic ENT training available and now with the developments, ENT has evolved into a highly specialised field of medical sciences.
Prof Kamlesh Chandra (Organising Secretary) extended a warm welcome to the speakers, guests and delegates; while Prof Pramod Kumar Varshney proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Fatima Khan and Dr Shahbaz Faridi conducted the inaugural function of the ENT Alumni Meet.
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