Army Hospital (R&R) creates history in Cochlear Implants

The Department of Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) at Indian Army Hospital (R&R) in Delhi Cantt. has conducted 50 bilateral simultaneous cochlear implants in the last 18 months, becoming the only government hospital across the India to accomplish these many successful implants.

The cost of the cochlear implant equipment has always been a concern, making its outreach limited. Children get only one Cochlear Implant in most of the government funded programme. Cochlear implant is a sophisticated medical device in india which enables hearing-disabled patients to come into the mainstream by making them hear through it. The benefit of hearing in both ears far outweighs the cost involved, and the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) were quick to realise this.

The policy for cochlear implant for hearing-impaired patients in the Armed Forces was revised and simultaneous bilateral (in both ears) implants were included, In March 2022. This was the first policy in the India bringing medical standards at par with developed countries.

Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services Lt Gen Daljit Singh and DGMS (Army) Lt Gen Arindam Chatterjee have congratulated the Army Hospital (R&R) and wished many more laurels to the institute.

The Indian Army Hospital (R&R) is the apex hospital of the Armed Forces and is presently being commanded by Lt Gen Ajith Nilakantan who specialises in the Department of Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) and Head and Neck Oncosurgery.

Army Hospital (R&R) creates history in Cochlear Implants
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Indian Army Hospital, also known as AH and RR Hospital, is the apex flagship medical care centre for the armed forces of India. Completed in the middle of 1990, the hospital, which includes a teaching hospital and nursing college, is located in Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi.

In this Hospital, The finest clinicians, surgeons and stalwarts in medical science utilize their vast collective experience as teachers and researchers to pass on the baton of knowledge with unsurpassed devotion and care.