LOSS of hearing can now be completely overcome with the aid of a new
implant developed at the Kasturba
Hospital in Manipal, Karnataka. Unlike
the bearing aids, the implant converts
the codes received as electric signals,
which are then sent to the electrodes to stimulate the hearing nerve
fibres. The codes that the speech processor receives are recognised by the
brain as sounds.
The implant costs Rs 400,000. It will be inserted in the mastoid bone behind the human ear by surgical procedures. It is attached to the speech processor with a magnetic transmitter.
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