A number of 1-3 newborns in a thousand are born with permanent bilateral deafness.
Deep deafness or permanent bilateral hearing loss it is a serious congenital disease, at the level of the inner ear, of the cochlea. This can occur during childhood and as a result of diseases such as meningitis. It can also be encountered at other ages, including adults, following accidents or illnesses.
"The essential problem of this condition is that the implantation must take place at the age of one year, so that the recovery and integration in the society will be successful. The later the implantation, the more difficult the therapeutic learning process is. The difference between a child patient and an adult is that the latter lost their hearing, but knew the sounds, while a child born with profound deafness comes to the world without the ability to understand the sounds. ", states Dr. Dan Florian, ENT manager, Medicare Technics.
"Dorin Hociota" Speech Therapy Hospital Expands team of surgeons specialized in hearing implantation. The hospital will also be able to perform operations on patients one year old, thus increasing the chances of recovery.
A team of physicians of the "Dorin Hociota" Hospital of audiology, Bucharest, has undergone a training course in infant hearing implantation in Freiburg and Bucharest, under the coordination of one of the most important doctors in the field worldwide, Prof. Dr. Roland Laszig . Professor Laszig is recognized for technical innovations in ENT surgery and has made the implantation of the youngest patient for only 4 months in the world premiere.
Two surgeons and an anesthesiologist from the hospital of phonoaudiology followed the training stage. This was possible with the support of Cochlear, the world leader in innovative hearing implant solutions, and Medicare Technics, its representative in Romania.
"Anesthetizing children at a very young age is a complicated and sensitive issue anywhere in the world. There are few specialists who are prepared to do this. Now, Dr. Hociota Hospital has such a specialist, which means it will be able to perform more operations. for implantation in infant patients, with much higher chances of recovery and integration into society ", adds Dr. Dan Florian.
The cochlear implant is a computer-like device that transforms the sound stimulus into nerve impulses. The implantation operation involves the insertion of electrodes directly into the nerve receiver in the inner ear (called the cochlea), and the attachment of a miniature computer to the surface of the cranial box, in the ear area, under the skin.
The sounds are received by the microphone of the external voice processor, which analyzes and encodes the sounds in electrical impulses. These are transmitted by the antenna attached through the skin to the computer implanted at the level of the cranial box and sent further to the electrodes in the cochlea.
In Romania, the Ministry of Health subsidizes the purchase of a limited number of devices for cochlear implants. For 2008, the Ministry approved the purchase of 83 devices for the whole country.
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