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Who We Are

THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT GROUP OF INDIA with the Registered Office at Ashadeep ENT Centre, No 81, 2nd Main, 1st Cross, BTM Layout 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 076, India was formed in November 2003.

The association comprises of surgeons, audiologists and Auditory verbal therapists concerned with cochlear implantation. Cochlear Implant manufacturers and distributors are associate members.

Cochlear implantation is a surgical procedure designed to restore useful hearing to the severe to profoundly deaf individuals who do not derive benefit from hearing aid use. Inserted into the cochlea, or the inner ear, the implant bypasses the hair cells of the cochlea which are nonfunctional and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. More than 75000 people have been implanted worldwide with significant benefits and outcomes.

Cochlear implantation is now being actively performed in more than 15 centers in India and more than 450 people have benefited from this amazing new technology. The role of CIGI in this scenario is to standardize techniques and protocols for cochlear implantation. It is also envisaged that CIGI would form an authoritative body for dissemination of correct information on cochlear implantation to new clinics and prospective patients, or their parents.

Our Mission

The Cochlear Implant Group of India (CIGI) was formed with a mission to expand the awareness and reach of hearing implant technologies in India by encouraging and supporting scientific research of the processes involved in cochlear implantation, ranging from basic auditory physiology, diagnosis of hearing disorders, auditory devices, surgical techniques, post-operative (re)habilitation and the overall management of the cochlear implant. It supports the exchange of information between the members and other international experts in this field. It aims to help institutions develop cochlear implant programmes at local levels by providing guidelines and also training of the concerned surgical, audiological and habilitation staff.

Our Vision

Hearing is every human being’s right. However, not everyone is gifted with this basic right at birth and many others lose it during their lifetime. The Cochlear Implant Group of India (CIGI) aims to provide access to this wonderful gift to every individual through awareness amongst the public and also training health professionals with the required expertise.