Published on: February 18, 2022



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Karnataka Health Department has relaunched its cochlear implant programme that had come to a standstill since 2018-2019. COCHLEAR IMPLANT SCHEME

  • Under the original programme titled “Shravanadosha Mukta Karnataka” (Deafness Free Karnataka) started in 2016-2017, a hundred cochlear implant surgeries had been done for children under the age of six years
  • However, the programme came to a halt in 2018 due to lack of funds
  • Recently , under the programme, a three-year-old male child from Ramanagaram underwent the surgery at the State-run K C General Hospital
  • State was using funds from the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), a centrally-funded scheme, for the implants
  • Programme was implemented through the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST). However, the State stopped receiving funds for this scheme in 2018 on the grounds of duplication of schemes


  • WHAT – Implanted electronic hearing device, designed to produce useful hearing sensations to a person with severe to profound nerve deafness by electrically stimulating nerves inside the inner ear.

These implants usually consist of 2 main components:

  • The externally worn microphone, sound processor and transmitter system.
  • The implanted receiver and electrode system, which contains the electronic circuits that receive signals from the external system and send electrical currents to the inner ear.