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Happy International Cochlear Implant Day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 8:44:12 PM Australia/Melbourne

Happy International Cochlear Implant Day

Given the evolution of audiology and the services and products which have been designed and distributed for hearing impairments, we as an industry have come a very long way. Here at Hearlink, we hope that this growth continues to be constant and exponential over the coming years, a springboard for the places that we can go with treatment for those with hearing impairments. While we are anxious for the future, we are also very aware of the growth to date. This means that we celebrate every chance we get, and this past week, we had a great opportunity. The audiology industry celebrated an incredible milestone last week on February 25. This landmark day celebrated cochlear implants around the world.

 

February 25 is the official International Cochlear Implant Day, which was cause for celebration in charities, audiology clinics, implant centres and companies all around the world. It doesn’t matter what the size or makeup of the area is, we’re all fighting for the same cause.

 

Celebrations took place for many reasons, but above all others for the advancements that have been made in technology, vastly improving the quality of cochlear implants and conversely lowering the price. Every year has brought new innovations for cochlear implants. They’ve become slimmer, smaller, sleeker. They run on high-tech batteries and don’t have to be charged nearly as often. They allow for much better quality of hearing and don’t impede on the day-to-day lives of our patients.

 

February 25 was an opportunity for individuals with hearing impairments which range from severe to profound, to tell the success stories that have only been achieved with the help of devices like cochlear implants. These patients refer to cochlear implants as “gifts,” “miracles,” and even, “life changing.”

 

When events like this receive such support and feedback, their benefit becomes two-fold. These celebrations become an opportunity to raise awareness about both the success of the technology, but also the widespread availability. One study in the United Kingdom, found that there alone, more than 100,000 patients had already benefited. Organizations like the National Health System have conducted research that shows appallingly low statistics. Less than 10% of those surveyed, who do qualify for treatment, have not actively pursued it.

 

Hearing professional Tracey Twomey says, “the longer it takes to treat a patient, the more difficult it is for their brain to readjust to recognize sounds unheard for many years. We know a lot of adults quality and are not being referred. This may be because GP’s, audiologists, ear/nose/throat consultants and/or patients are misinformed or lacking information, or patients simply not wanting to go ahead with an implant. We want to encourage severe to profoundly deaf patients to come forward for information and assessment if appropriate.”

 

We encourage our patients and our family of practitioners to share the success stories that they have seen with the use of cochlear implants and other hearing impairment devices over the coming weeks. Questions? Be sure to reach out to any of your Hearlink team.

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Hearlink Admin