Hearing & Deaf

Hearing Devices

The Cochlear Implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears. Cochlear implants bypass the normal hearing process; they have a microphone and some electronics that reside outside the skin, generally behind the ear, which transmits a signal to an array of electrodes placed in the cochlea, which stimulate the cochlear nerve. (See: Wiki: Cochlear implant)
The main issue is the Cost. In the United States, medical costs can be US$45,000 to US$125,000, which includes evaluation, the surgery itself, hardware (device), hospitalization and rehabilitation. According to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the estimated total cost is $60,000 per person implanted. In the United Kingdom, the NHS covers cochlear implants in full, as does Medicare in Australiaand the Department of Health in Ireland in Spain and Israel, and the Ministry of Health in New Zealand (depending on the cause of deafness). 

Therefore, the focus would be to either help to minimize the costs of the devices and the surgeries and provide affordable Medical Insurance. In other emerging Countries including Ukraine &  Eastern Europe, Africa, India, etc., HOPE would seek to sponsor the Insurance plans.

For partially deaf people, HOPE will purchase the devices and then cover the maintenance and replacement of the equipment.