Severely hearing impaired children and adults receive limited help from hearing aids and they are most in need of cochlear implants. Due to the high cost and limited medical insurance coverage, few can afford this life changing device. This is where the Foundation makes a difference by raising funds for both children and adults with limited financial means.
The cost of a cochlear implant device differs between R380,000 and R400,000 depending on the system. Furthermore, hospital and surgery fees, programming and rehabilitation costs are also required.
A cochlear implant will help these patients to hear and speak again. The majority of early implanted deaf children are able to develop normal speech and language, attend mainstream schools and become independent in the future.