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recovering hearing does not depend on age – DIARIO CRONICA

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recovering hearing does not depend on age – DIARIO CRONICA

Cochlear implant can help children and adults recover hearing.

The cochlear implant is a device that transforms sound into electrical energy and sends it to the brain through the auditory nerve, which recognizes these signals as sounds. In Ecuador and especially Loja, middle and lower class people cannot have access to these devices due to their high cost.

Situation

Every February 25, International Cochlear Implant Day is commemorated, a date that invites us to reflect on the importance of hearing in people’s daily lives.

According to the World Health Organization, in Latin America, the statistics are revealing: approximately 3 in every 1,000 babies are born with some degree of hearing loss, and 1 in every 1,000 babies will face a profound sensorineural hearing loss, whose only alternative to return to listening is the cochlear implant.

The otorhinolaryngologist at the San Agustín Hospital Clinic, Ramón Aguirre Castillo, mentioned to Diario Crónica that hypoacusia, or hearing loss, is a chronic problem that can affect children and adults; However, “for the placement of an implant of this type, detailed tomographic studies must be carried out, measurement of hearing with audiometry to be sure of the damage – when it is of a hereditary genetic type – and that the cochlear implant can function, too. There are deafness or hearing loss that are acquired, for example, an acoustic trauma or a blow; specific examinations must also be carried out here,” he said.

He added that the implant will not work in many cases, one of these is when the patient has chronic cholesteatomatous otitis, since there is perforation of the eardrum and abundant discharge in the ear. “In our city there are several cases where they have undergone the procedure, but without results, they don’t even hear anything,” he said.

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The cost of a hearing amplifier or hearing aids is modest, unlike the implant which exceeds USD 30 thousand.

Social classes

The specialist mentioned that institutions should contribute because, “in a country like ours, it happens that the needy classes do not have access, and they live by the deception of the health system that tells patients that they arrive at a certain time and time passes , and nothing,” he pointed out.

He stated that the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS) has agreements to provide cochlear implants to its insured, but he does not know if the same happens in the Ministry of Public Health.

“The problem that has always arisen is who is given it and what type of disease, that is the importance of the studies, this will avoid failure,” he concluded. (YO)

Given

The first celebration of this day took place in 2009 and was established in commemoration of the first implantation, carried out in 1957, which made it possible to restore a person’s hearing.

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