Zamin Foundation: 10 operations within the framework of the program "Cochlear implantation for schoolchildren"
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 16-17 September, the first 10 cochlear implantation operations are underway at the Republican Specialized Scientific and Practical Medical Center for Pediatrics within the framework of the Zamin Fund program "Cochlear Implantation for School-Age Children".
Before the operations, students from four specialized schools underwent step-by-step diagnostics to determine the possibility of cochlear implantation. Based on the results of diagnostics, the first 10 children were selected for surgery. The program also includes the subsequent rehabilitation of children with the participation of speech therapists, deaf teachers and other specialists.
The operations are performed by a visiting physician Vladislav Evgenievich Kuzovkov - Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, otosurgeon of the Federal State Budgetary Institution "SPb Research Institute of ENT" of the Ministry of Health of Russia, an expert of the International Association of Medical Centers for Hearing Implantation HEARRING. During his surgical career V.E. Kuzovkov has performed over 7,000 cochlear implantation operations. Vladislav Evgenievich has a certificate of honor from the Ministry of Health of Russia, in 2018 he was awarded the Burian-Helms Prize for his contribution to the development of cochlear implantation. Author of over 130 scientific papers.
Specialists of the Republican Specialized Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatrics also participate in operations and assist the professor to improve his qualifications.
After the operations, Vyacheslav Evgenievich Kuzovkov conducted an online seminar for otolaryngologists and medical students on the topic "Computed tomography of the temporal bones in the diagnosis of inner ear pathology before cochlear implantation."
The Zamin Foundation expresses its gratitude to all program partners:
- Republican Specialized Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatrics for the organization of two-stage diagnostics and operations;
- MED-EL companies for their contribution to the development of the program;
- Professor V.E. Kuzovkov for conducting operations, a master class and a seminar for specialists.
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that allows deaf people to hear sounds and speech around them. It consists of an inner and outer part. The surgeon implants the inner part into the deaf patient’s ear. The outer part with the processor is located on the patient’s ear and / or head. It captures sounds, speech and transmits them through the scalp to the inside.
According to WHO recommendations, ensuring access to cochlear implants along with hearing aids is one of the priorities and provides a significant advantage for people with hearing loss.