Cochlear implant surgery has brought a revolution in the treatment of deafness. The surgery is performed to produce useful hearing sensations to a person with severe to profound deafness. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, the device bypasses non functioning parts of the hearing system and directly stimulates the nerve of hearing, allowing deaf individuals to receive sound.
The surgery first started in Mitford Hospital at government level in December, 2006. Since then, it is being performed at regular interval under the guidance of a team lead by Professor Dr Md Abdullah, a pioneer ENT surgeon of Bangladesh.
From this November, the surgery will be performed again in Mitford and Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). Children born with congenital deafness or who become deaf after birth are the suitable candidates for cochlear impantation. Interested patients are requested to contact ENT Department of Mitford Hospital and Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Contact persons are: Professor Dr Md Abdul Kadir (8611825), Assistant Professor Dr Jonayed Rahim (01711144185) for DMCH; Professor Dr Monowar Hossain (7312398), Associate Professor Dr Abu Hanif (01819239518) for Mitford Hospital.
Source: The Daily Star, November 01, 2008