Submitted by Rashmi on Tue, 2016-07-12 18:41 Mysuru: In good news for people suffering from hearing impairment, JSS Hospital in association with JSS Speech and Hearing will soon start cochlear implant surgeries under the ADIP scheme. Addressing the media on Tuesday, Dr Guru of JSS hospital said the central government had started cochlear implant programme as part of its ADIP Scheme due to the high cost of the implant. Cochlear implant is a medical device which replaces a person’s cochlea with an artificial one through an operation. The cost of the artificial cochlea is around Rs 6lakh. In addition to this, Rs50,000 to Rs1lakh is needed for pre-operative investigations and post-operative rehabilitation. “Considering the high cost of the implant, the central government started the cochlear implant programme under which the implant will be provided for free to underprivileged children,” he said. “The government will bear the cost of implant, operative charges, including charges for stay in the hospital, and post-operative speech, language and hearing therapy. However, the patient has to pay the charges for pre-operative audiological and radiological investigation,” said Dr Guru.