THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT GROUP OF INDIA (CIGI) registered under The Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 with the Registered Office at Ashadeep ENT Centre, No 81, 2nd Main, 1st Cross, BTM Layout 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 076, India. CIGI was formed in November 2003.
The association comprises of ENT Surgeons, Audiologists and (Re)habilitationists concerned with cochlear implantation. Individuals from other allied fields ancillary to Speech, Language, Hearing, ENT, and related areas like Industry rendering significant contribution to the growth of Cochlear Implants and related sciences are associate members.
Cochlear implantation is a surgical procedure designed to restore useful hearing to the severe to profoundly hearing impaired individuals who do not derive benefit from hearing aid use. Cochlear Implant is inserted into the cochlea, it bypasses the hair cells of the cochlea which are non-functional and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. More than 9 lakhs people have been implanted worldwide with significant benefits and outcomes.
The role and main objective of CIGI is to work towards the advancement of Cochlear Implants and related sciences in India, by facilitating activities related to its scientific study, by encouraging, promoting and guiding basic scientific or clinical research and experimental work, by promoting high educational, and research standards in the field of Cochlear Implants and related sciences including Surgery, Audiology, and (Re)habilitation.
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.
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.