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Cochlear Implant Surgery in India – Boon to hearing impaired people because #HearingMatters

Imagine a world without sound, no chirping of birds, no sound of flowing water, or no whistle of a cool breeze! How does it feel? Awkward, right? Now imagine a world without car-horns, crackers, honking, shouting and annoying voices. How does it feel? Heavenly, right? Now imagine a person who is born without the ability to hear and is unable to listen to both the pleasant and the annoying sounds. It does make a huge difference to that person, doesn’t it? The importance of listening can only be understood by the person who is hearing-impaired. What if I say you that Cochlear implant surgery can be boon to hearing impaired children or people who  have profound sound loss.  Thanks to Cochlear India for making me aware of this.

Recently I got a chance to meet a brave, optimist and a very talented 11-year-old boy who was born with profound hearing loss. Currently studying in Class 6th at the Balmohan Vidyamandir, Divyesh Indulkar now lives like a normal child, and show his talent to the world like any other child.  Thanks to the unilateral Cochlear implant surgery  he underwent at the age of 1.8 years at Hinduja Hospital by Dr. Milind Kirtane .cochlear implant surgery

Divyesh’s parents who too were hearing-impaired from birth had a gut feeling that he too might be afflicted with hearing loss. And as fate would have it, their worst nightmares turned out to be true. After 5 months of Divyesh’s birth, his parents realized that he too was born with the hearing-impaired condition, since he was unable to respond to any of the sounds around him. All hell broke loose on Divyesh’s parents as the very thought of seeing their beloved son tread the same path like theirs gave them sleepless nights. The pain of seeing Divyesh go to a school for the hearing-impaired and communicating in sign language with others seemed like a repeat telecast of what they had been through all their lives.

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divyesh’s happy family (parents and aunt)

There’s a saying, ‘Not all superhero wear capes’, so in such a situation Divyesh’s maternal aunt Chitra aka the superhero of the house, who had seen her sister her entire life without uttering a word, decided that Divyesh would not endure the same path like her sister. Therefore, she took him to a paediatrician to get him treated, after which certain tests were recommended. The tests revealed that Divyesh had profound hearing loss. Chitra was then educated about Cochlear Implant surgery at Hinduja hospital and how Cochlear implantees lead a normal life after the implantation. Divyesh was operated at the age of 1.8 and after 1.5 years of continuous therapy Divyesh was able to distinguish between the sound of a falling glass and the sound of a falling spoon. This was when the doctors started his speech therapy thereby enabling him to communicate. Divyesh loves to call himself ‘Shivba’ since he was born on Shiv-Jayanti.

Everything written above may seem to be simple for some people but Divyesh’s family had to go through tremors of financial and psychological setbacks every time they saw Divyesh not performing inspite of the effective therapy. But nature always pays of if you do hardwork to achieve something. In this case her aunt and Divyesh’s maternal grandparents stood up like giant tree to make Divyesh live normal life.  It was Divyesh positive attitude right from birth to accept what comes to him.

Unlike his parents, Divyesh was lucky to get an implant at a very early age and now lives life-like a normal child. Divyesh is now a master at playing the Tabla and that’s been possible only because of the Cochlear Implant surgery. Is it a miracle or an irony of life? I don’t know! Such is Divyesh’s optimism that he dreams of becoming a pilot. He also does a lot of mono acts and dramas on stage. He loves to dance and has been featured in many Marathi ads and has also hosted many live shows at schools for the hearing impaired.

After seeing his family, I feel that we need to make other people aware of Cochlear Implants and its importance for hearing-impaired people. Many people take life as it is gifted to them, and don’t want to change for better. I have seen many cases where parents didn’t bother to take their children for the therapy sessions even after a successful cochlear implant. Therapy sessions are an important part of the Cochlear Implant as both go hand-in-hand. Avoiding therapy sessions post the implant would leave the child with speech disorder. The pain of seeing one’s child go through all the stress is a psychological setback for every parent but one must always remember that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”  by  Jack Ma, Co-founder, Alibaba Group

 

A Cochlear Implant does the work of a human ear, but what teaches the child to speak and comprehend are the exercise and practice sessions with the therapist. Cochlear Implant is a boon to the soundless world.

 

Factors responsible for hearing loss:
  1. Family history
  2. Premature birth
  3. Infections during pregnancy
  4. Lack of oxygen at the time of birth
  5. Listen to audio at high levels
  6. Head or ear injury
  7. Measles, meningitis, mumps or ear infections
  8. Ageing
  9. High blood pressure
  10. Diabetes

 

Who can get a Cochlear Implant?
  1. People or children who have moderate to high profound sensorineural hearing loss (more than 50% hearing loss to 100% loss)
  2. Cases where hearing aids are no longer helpful.

In cases with congenital hearing loss, early intervention is advised, especially for kids below 10 years as most of the brain development happens by the age of 10. Kids learn early and that’s why an early intervention with a Cochlear Implant is beneficial for a child’s growth.

Understanding what a Cochlear Implant is –

Cochlear Implant is an electronic device which is used for medical purpose that does the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain. It’s not a normal hearing aid that amplifies sound. Instead Cochlear Implants bypasses the damaged hair cells of the cochlea to provide sound signals to the brain.

How does a Cochlear Implant works?
  1. A sound processor (for instance, the Nucleus 6 processor that Divyesh wears) worn behind the ear captures sounds and turns into digital sound code. The sound processor has a battery that gives power to the entire system and is easy to charge and clean as per your need.
  2. The sound processor then transmits the digitally coded sound through the coil on outside of your head to the implant that’s surgically placed just below it, on the outside of the skull.
  3. The Cochlear Implant transform the  coded sound of digit into electrical impulses and transfer to the electrode array which is fixed in the cochlea.
  4. The implant electrode stimulates the hearing nerve which then sends the impulses to the brain where they are converted into sound.
Facts and stats related to Cochlear implant surgery

A recent survey by WHO shows that over 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss can be avoided and its impact reduced. Unless action is taken by 2030 there will be nearly 630 million people with disabling hearing loss and the figure could soar up to 900 million by 2050, which means, that nearly one in every ten people will have hearing loss. In India Neonatal tests or Newborn screening is given very less importance, which leads to late detection of newborn defects. As a parent, its difficult to accept that your child can be born with defects. But faster you accept , early you can start its treatment.  This is  exactly why it’s important to educate people about cochlear implants and raise awareness about disabling hearing loss.

 

Watch Cochlear’s™ Global Hearing Ambassador, Brett Lee, talk about how a cochlear implant surgery changes lives for good:

 

Explore more about Cochlear Implants: http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/in/home/discover/cochlear-implants

 

Malaria: Symptoms, Complications, Treatment and Prevention.

 

Being a mother of six year old, I am always worried about the health of my daughter. As she is growing I can’t stop her playing outside in garden as this is the major physical activity she does apart from indoor activities. Here comes the gardener into the picture who is giving water to plants making the water puddles. These puddles harbor lot of mosquito larvae which ultimately grow into blood sucking mosquitoes. I see as the sunset, the children in my garden starts crying about mosquito bites. We all moms have to take our kids in middle of the play with crying faces of kids. Recently in our society so many people suffered from Malaria. This made us realize that our garden water is a major cause of malaria being spread. Malaria symptoms were so evident that we had to admit many people from society in hospitals.

 

Let me tell you about malaria and its symptoms.
What is Malaria?

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a plasmodium parasite present in gut of female Anopheles mosquito. In 2016, there were 216 million cases of and, thousands of deaths due to malaria.

 

 Malaria symptoms :malaria symptoms

Malaria symptoms usually it starts with a flu-like illness, with a high fever and chills and shivers.  Other than this patient may also get symptoms of malaria like vomiting and nausea, headaches, tiredness, body pain, weakness, and fatigue.

 

What are the complications?

Fatal situations may occur due to malaria infection. If Plasmodium falciparum have infected the person, symptoms may include: infection in brain (cerebral malaria), with seizures, confusion, and increasing tiredness leading to coma and death. If due to malaria any Fluid gets accumulated in the lungs it leads to pulmonary edema.  Sometime Kidney failure can occur if it damages the blood circulation system. Most dangerous is when a pregnant lady suffers from malaria

 

What is the treatment for malaria? Are there any vaccines available?

As we say prevention is better than cure in case of malaria we need to save ourselves from mosquito bites and take antimalarial medication, mainly Artemisinin Combined Therapy (ACT) as prescribed by doctors. The medicine will depend on a variety of factors, including age, kind of malaria parasite, and in cases of pregnant women. If fever doesn’t stop for days and it’s high as well as fluctuating, you must see doctors immediately for malaria fever symptoms.

Ps: As such there is no vaccine against malaria but one should take utmost care to prevent mosquito bites and malaria.

 

How can one find out if they have malaria?

First of all high fever itself is indication could be a lead to understand and to go for a test. Malaria is diagnosed by a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) or blood test. The malaria parasite in the blood sample under microscopy is a clear indication of disease. RDTs are often used when the sample has come from public health sector worker who is more prone to disease.  A nucleic acid amplification-based test is also kind of test done in case of place where malaria is uncommon.

How can malaria be prevented?

Malaria is affected by female Anopheles mosquito and parasite is transferred into the blood stream. It is very important to be protected by bites of mosquitoes, both inside and outside because a one bite by mosquito can cause you malaria. Before going to garden, we use mosquito repellents like GoodKnight fabric roll on or Goodknight patches to prevent mosquito bites. When we are at home, I always shut window before 6 pm and also the doors and windows in the evening, and use of household-level repellents like Goodknight Activ+ and Goodknight flash card will keep mosquitoes away. People should always use bed nets for more protection.

Ps: Always consult the local doctor, health clinic centres to prevent loss of lives due to malaria.

 

 

Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream 

            Be it a woman of any age group, the most they are concern is of their looks. It’s the Woman’s tendency, they want to look stunning and gorgeous at any particular age, be it in their 50’s or 60’s. Blemishes can make you feel under confident sometime or what if you face the problem of blemishes…?. I am sure you don’t want patchy or uneven skin. But There is no need worry, to solve the problem of every woman or  Mommy, Mamaearth have come upon with new product i.e. Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream. It is an awesome product and I am here to share with you the experience which i had after using blemishes.

Why Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream ?

   Recently I had attended a marriage at my native place. Since everyone knows that I use all branded product for make up, my so called relatives used my compact and foundation without even asking me and someone who had lot of pimples and acne used my sponge. That infection was contagious like hell on my face. I tried many home remedies to remove many blemishes also tried skin medicines but nothing worked. Someone suggested me to use Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream. After 10 days the visible changes on my face was so prominent that i actually forgot about blemishes, until my friend who met me after two month told me that your face is so clear.

How Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream works ?

            Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream is very effective cream and is enriched with organic Daisy Flower extract, Vitamin C and Mulberry extract. It is made of Glycerine, Shea butter, Lavender oil, Geranium oil,  Aqua, Hydrogenated Olive oil, Vetiver oil, etc. The ingredients mentioned are very beneficial for skin and when they are used together, the resulting product will surely be extraordinary and so is the Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream.  It’s market price is 599 rupees and the quantity is 50ml. The cream comes in white bottle and has a sturdy pump. The shape of the bottle is very lovely and it is also travel friendly, you can carry it and can adjust it at any of the small corner of your luggage bag while travelling. The packaging of this product is very economical and hygiene, as it contains a pump dispenser which helps prevent contamination of product from outside pollution and also from you own fingers.

How to apply Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream ?

           Now you must be thinking How to apply it and what are it’s benefits…?. Its application is very simple, you just have to take few drops of Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream and apply it lavishly and slowly on freshly cleaned skin, starting from the neck moving your palm in circular motion towards upside of your face. For best results use it twice a day. It clears all dark spots and removes pigmentation from deep.

How Effective is Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream ?

           The day from its launched till today, this product and it’s effective use has shown a remarkable growth.  Its unique and natural extract not only makes its organic but also prevents melanin synthesis to give your skin a glowy effect. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also non-greasy and gets easily absorbed by the skin once applied. It reduces pigmentation and also restricts the melanin deposit appearing as dark spots, patches or hypertension, overall giving you a complete fresh and clean skin.  Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream has no harsh chemicals and is free of Parabens, SLS and Mineral oil. It is also Dermatologically tested and can be used for normal, dry, oily, sensitive or any combination skin. Yes, it’s true it has a strong smell but it can be neglected knowing the extraordinary benefits of it.

The unique benefits of Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream
  1. Travel friendly
  2. It is organic.
  3. Non-greasy and helps reduces blemishes, it does what it claims.
  4. It is Dermatologically tested and can be applied on any skin tone and type.
  5. It is available online, so can purchase it from anywhere and anytime.

 

Final Verdict

 

           Overall, I like this product a lot, the perfect blend of organic and natural product has helped me to lighten my blemishes and has made my skin look much better. Regular use of Mama Earth Bye Bye Blemishes Cream will surely give you a positive result. At last, I would definitely like to recommend it to the Woman who are currently facing the problem of Blemishes. Also women who have pigmentation can use to see visible changes.

           

 

Have you ever heard of grandma or your mom talking about normal delivery or C -section delivery when they used to go to meet new moms, As a girl I used to wonder what they are talking about. In Fact  have seen my mom giving tips for normal delivery to pregnant women. When I was pregnant my mom and my mom in law both were behind me and gave all possible tips for having a  normal delivery.

The best moment for every women in her life when her child comes out from her womb. The first cry of the baby makes the mother happiest person on earth.  Every women who becomes mother enjoys the moment when after lot of pain you deliver a baby . The feeling  can’t be expressed in words. But sometimes moms have to undergo C-section which is less painful than Normal delivery but more risky for mother and the child.  Since the human life came to existence,normal vaginal delivery is the only method which our ancestors have used. But since science was not developed at that time, so many mothers died during deliveries.

5 years back when I was pregnant ,only advice my mom in law gave to me is to have Normal delivery until something goes wrong. She gave me so many exercises from her experience which help me to deliver my child normally.

*What is Normal Delivery

Normal Delivery is a natural process that every woman is capable of giving birth to a newborn to bring in this world. Normal Delivery is a beautiful combination of gains and pains. Almost every Pregnant Women wishes to have Normal Delivery, which not fulfills in every case since medical condition of every Women varies.  Since many new moms have asked me tips ,i am here to give you Tips for having a normal delivery.

Tips for having Normal Delivery

Giving birth to a baby in the form of Normal Vaginal Delivery is the best way for both a child as well as for mother. So to increase the chances of  Normal Delivery, Women’s should follow the below points:

  1. Use Water
  2. Use your Prenatal Education
  3. Spend early Labor at home
  4. Don’t gain excess weight and watch your diet
  5. Stay Healthy and stress free with regular exercises
  6. Pick a Health care provider
  7. take proper advice from your gynaecologist.
  8. Never take calcium and iron dose together ,they both dont allow to get absorbed in the body.so take both tablets separately and at a distance of 2 hrs.
  9. Always use squatty potty to increase the flexibility of your abdominal muscles.
  10. Walk ,use staircases and do normal breathing yoga exercises.
*What are the chances of Normal Delivery

There are certain factors which improves your chances of having Natural Delivery. If you follow Tips for having a normal delivery you will be safe and your child too.  Afcourse this factors may  not be true in all the cases but increases your chances of having Normal Delivery.

  1. Stay at home until you are in excess labor.
  2. Work with your natural labor hormones.
  3. Stay calm, stress free, have patience and sleep well.
  4. Practice breathing and relaxation techniques.
  5. Trust and educate yourself and your support people
  6. Choose your labour support and birth training partner carefully.
  7. Stay active and prepare your mind and body for Normal delivery.
  8. Hire an experienced doctor.
  9. Avoid having an epidural for pain relief because it may result in longer pushing stage.
  10. Try to avoid induction because induction of Labor tends to more interventions and lowers the chances of normal delivery.
  11. Plan to give birth at a birth centre or proper hospital.
  12. Practice perineal massage.
*What is the process of Normal Delivery

A normal child-birth involves three basic stages:

  1. First stage consists of three phases: Latent, Active and Transition phase.

In the Latent phase the cervix dilates from 0-4 cm. This phase is also called as Early phase.In the second phase i.e. Active phase cervix dilates from 4-7 cm. In the third phase i.e. transition phase. Here a patient will feel fatigued, shiverings, and nausea since contractions becomes more strong, painful and frequent.

  1. In Second stage baby is pushed out and delivered.

This is the second stage and it begins with fully dilated cervix. Here a patient will experience a severe pain. The baby makes her way down through the pelvic region and birth canal.

  1. The Placenta is removed from the body.

This is also called as after birth stage. Here the cord is cut and the baby is cleaned and placed on the abdomen.

 

*How painful is normal Delivery

It will be completely wrong If I say normal Delivery is not painful because Normal Delivery is actually an intense painful process apart of some rare cases. The Labor pain of a Pregnant Woman differs from woman to woman and also for the number of deliveries of a same woman. Basically the Labor pain is result of contracting of uterus in pushing the baby out, resulting in intense pain in abdomen, pelvic belt, bladder, vaginal area, rectal area, etc. Though Normal Delivery involves an intense paining process but it is for short period and helps keeping you healthy for a longer period. But if you follow Tips for having a normal delivery ,you might get less pain .

*Why should you prefer Normal Delivery

In today’s age it is seen whatever may be circumstances many Women as well doctors suggest C-section Delivery. However birthing of a child is largely a natural experience and unless there is emergency one should always prefer for Normal Delivery. Natural delivery results in quick recovery and is also beneficial for the mother. Natural Labor and normal Delivery of child enables Women to connect to child’s birth closely. Above all, Normal Delivery has been proved healthier for both the mother and for the baby and so you should always prefer Normal Delivery over C-section Delivery.

*Food consumption and tips for having a Normal Delivery

A healthy Mother will deliver a healthy baby. You can follow below tips:

  1. Iron is very essential for a pregnant Woman, so she should have iron rich diet products.
  2. Avoid alcohol and junk food
  3. Avoid eating meat.
  4. Should have green vegetables and fruits.
  5. Should increase the intake of calcium and vitamins food products, especially the dairy products.
  6. Reduce intake of sugar.
  7. Have proper and timely meal.
  8. Include Bromelain rich foods in your diet. It is an enzyme that reduces Labor pain and soften the cervix part. Fruits such as Mango and pineapple are rich in Bromelain should be consumed but not in excess.
*Signs and symptoms of Normal Delivery

The signs and symptoms of a Normal Delivery may vary from a patient to patient. But there are some basic symptoms which even a doctor tell a patient to keep in mind regarding Normal delivery.

Signs and symptoms of Labor pain which occurs few weeks before

  1. Cramping and pain in lower back as joints and muscles and stretches.
  2. Feels to urinate frequently as baby’s head pinches and puts pressures towards urinary bladder.
  3. Loosened joints.
  4. Lack of coordination in the body movements.
  5. You may experience a baby turning between 30 and 34 weeks.
Signs and symptoms of Labor pain which occurs few hours before
  1. More frequent and stronger contractions which gradually increases with time.
  2. Vaginal discharge increases and becomes thicker in consistency.
  3. Cramping and pain in lower back
  4. Your pelvic pressure will increase.
  5. You will feel to pee more often.
  6. May experience lower belly cramps.
*Pregnancy exercises and Tips for having a normal delivery

Doing Exercise during Pregnancy period helps a lot in the proper birthing position of a child and also increases chances of Normal Delivery. But the exercise should be done under the guidance of an expert. Fitness is most important part of pregnancy.

  1. In the first trimester period Women’s should do some basic Warm up exercises.
  2. Should do some pelvic stretch exercises.
  3. Swimming
  4. Squat
  5. Walking
  6. Prenatal Yoga (yoga should be a habit and not only for pregnancy period)
*Normal Delivery v/s C-section Pros and Cons

Many Pregnant Women having low risk Pregnancies are also opting for C-section delivery, making it a common way of Delivery as compared to the natural way of normal Delivery. Knowing the fact that C-section delivery involves risk for both child as well as mother, still there are few advantages of C-section delivery in case of emergency.

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  1. No labor pain
  2. Convenient
  3. Baby is safe
  4. No injuries to vagina
  5. Risk of death is low

But there are also some disadvantages of C-section

  1. C-section is painful
  2. Decreases the chances of Normal Delivery in future
  3. C-section is expensive
  4. Takes long time to recover.

Hope this article which is my personnel experience of life may help to every new wannabe moms to have Normal delivery and also follow my tips to have smooth journey of delivering baby. I hope you liked my Tips for having a normal delivery.

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