Freedom from Deafness Movement


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What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants bypass the damaged hair cells of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.

Who can they help?

The cochlear implant technology can help people who:

  • have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears
  • receive little or no benefit from hearing aids
  • score 50% or less on sentence recognition tests done by hearing professionals in the ear to be implanted
  • score 60% or less on sentence recognition tests done by hearing professionals in the non-implanted ear or in both ears with hearing aids.

Many people have cochlear devices in both ears (bilateral). Listening with two ears can improve your ability to identify the direction of sound and separate the sounds you want to hear from those you don’t.

What are the benefits of a cochlear implant?

Many adults with cochlear implants report that they:

  • Hear better with a cochlear implant than with a hearing aid
  • A previous study has shown that people with a cochlear implant achieve an average of 80% sentence understanding, compared with 10% sentence understanding for hearing aids1.
  • Can focus better when in noisy environments.
  • Find it easier to have conversations with people across meeting tables, in restaurants and other crowded places.
  • Reconnect with missed sounds that they could not hear before their cochlear implant.
  • Feel safer in the world as they can hear alarms, people calling out and approaching vehicles.
  • Talk and hear on the phone.
  • Enjoy music.

Programme Information

    • Tata Trust agrees to provide 5 lakh per surgery.
    • Maharashtra CM agrees to provide 2 lakh per surgery.
    • 5 children every month will receive cochlear implant surgery by OCHRI.
    • 9 out of 10 deaf kids are born to parents with normal hearing, and this subsidy to kids with limited means will give the, the gift of hearing.
    • OCHRI has a “Freedom from Deafness” movement, which involves the top doctors and ENT surgeons in the country and sophisticated equipments to provide the best health care to needy kids.

Registration Details

Team of Doctors

Dr. Milind Kirtane

Cochlear Implant Surgeon

Padmashree Dr. Milind Kirtane will lead the team

Dr.Ashish Disawal

Audiologist & Speech Therapist

Dr. Nandu Kolwadkar

MBBS, MS(ENT) Convener & ENT Surgeon Cochlear Implant Program

Ms. Nilu Somani

Audiologist & Speech Therapist

Dr. Samir Choudhary


Dr. Ajay Deshpande


Dr. Nitin Deosthale