Sahasra’s journey to hearing with Cochlear Implants

sahasra's journey

We got her the cochlear implant when she was 3 years old. The surgery went well. Ma’am called us and spoke to us that day. She assured us that our baby would lead a normal life.

Sahasra entered the world like any other baby. When she was about 5-6 months old, she would often let out loud screams. A year later, she started banging her head against hard surfaces due to her hearing difficulties. Then, one day, her parents brought her home from school for a function they had to attend. They had a hunch that she wasn’t quite responding to them as usual.

Sahasra’s parents chose to come to Hyderabad because of the city’s strong reputation for advanced medical treatments. After researching online, they discovered Dr. Shree Rao, a highly recommended specialist at Dr. Rao’s clinic, known for her expertise in treating children. Encouraged by the positive feedback and recommendations, the family decided to visit Dr. Rao’s clinic. Under Dr. Shree Rao’s expert care, Sahasra successfully underwent surgery to address her glue ear condition, followed by a tonsillectomy procedure. A BERA test was also conducted, revealing that Sahasra had complete hearing loss.

As a cochlear implant surgeon, I feel extremely honored and privileged to be a part of Sahasra’s cochlear implant journey.

At the age of three, Sahasra underwent cochlear implant surgery. Her parents sought the expertise of Dr. Shree Rao to ensure that their daughter received the finest possible care. Dr. Shree Rao fulfilled their wishes by implanting internal cochlear devices, complete with the most cutting-edge sound processors available. These sound processors have been designed to perform exceptionally well.

The procedure involved the insertion of electrodes that penetrate the cochlear as closely as possible to the nerves, enabling Sahasra to communicate as effectively as anyone else. Dr. Shree Rao recommended this electrode for both of Sahasra’s ears, and she performed the surgery on both ears simultaneously. This allowed Dr.Shree Rao to introduce the most advanced electrodes and sound processors to enhance Sahasra’s hearing and communication abilities.

Fast forwarding to 2023, one year later, Sahasra has made remarkable progress. She now communicates just like any other child her age, attending school and engaging in lively conversations with her friends. It’s crucial to identify hearing challenges early on and provide binaural cochlear implants in both ears. This approach paves the way for children to grow up as active and involved members of their community, rather than facing the limitations of being deaf and mute. By doing so, they can lead lives just as fulfilling as any other school-going kid.

About Dr. Shree C Rao

MBBS, MS (ENT)

Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao, an ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat) surgeon, is a superspecialist microsurgeon in Otology and Cochlear implant surgeries. With 10+ years of deep domain experience in medical and surgical ENT, she is quite fittingly, the Head of the Cochlear Implant team at Dr. Rao’s ENT

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