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Cochlear implantation in South Africa (part 1)

A Bhamjee, F Mahomed-Asmail, J Perold, J W Loock, T le Roux

Abstract


Cochlear implantation is a timeous and cost-effective solution for severe-profound sensorineural hearing loss, and has transformed the lives of many individuals with significant hearing loss. The advent of cochlear implantation has meant that, for the first time, one of the senses (hearing), having been entirely lost, can be restored. This, the first of a two-part series on cochlear implantation in South Africa (SA) puts global (and especially SA) hearing loss in perspective, sets out the principles of cochlear implantation and briefly sketches the history of this world-changing technology.


Authors' affiliations

A Bhamjee, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, South Africa

F Mahomed-Asmail, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, South Africa

J Perold, Tygerberg Hospital Stellenbosch University Cochlear Implant Unit, Cape Town, South Africa

J W Loock, Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

T le Roux, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Keywords

Hearing loss; Cochlear implantation; South Africa

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2022;112(1):8-10.

Article History

Date submitted: 2022-02-02
Date published: 2022-02-02

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