Stating that 1000 or 2 out of every 3 newborns are born with hearing loss in one or both ears, Lokman Hekim University Head of ENT Clinic Department Prof. Dr. Celil Göçer said that 90% of these babies do not have hearing loss in their families.
Stating that 1000 or 2 out of every 3 newborns are born with hearing loss in one or both ears, Lokman Hekim University Head of ENT Clinic Department Prof. Dr. Celil Göçer said that 90% of these babies do not have hearing loss in their families. Stating that in babies who do not have congenital hearing loss, hearing loss may occur due to bacterial or viral infections or due to fluid accumulation in the ear during the growth process. Dr. Göçer drew attention to the fact that approximately 18% of the total population over the age of 15 suffers from various degrees of hearing loss. Stating that hearing impairment can be eliminated with new implant technologies, Göçer noted that successful results were obtained with early intervention.
Hearing loss is 2 times more common in men than women
It is known that the rates of hearing loss increase after the age of 60 with chronological and physiological aging. It is stated that after the age of 70, approximately half of the population experience hearing loss in varying degrees, statistically, hearing loss is seen in men about 2 times more often than women.
Stating that after the diagnosis of hearing loss is necessary, an approach should be developed according to the patient's condition, Göçer stated that with the developments in nano technology and software technology, the devices and implants used for hearing loss have continuously improved. Göçer said that while the device sizes were getting smaller and the sound quality they provide increased, Göçer pointed out that while classical hearing aids take the sound and increase the sound level with the amplifier effect and transfer it to the external ear canal, the hearing aids implanted into the bone provide a clearer and higher hearing by directly stimulating the cochlea with the vibration they create in the skull. Saying that the device and implant solutions can be adjusted according to the type of hearing loss of the patient with the software they have, Göçer underlined that the devices implanted in the bone have achieved full success in severe hearing loss.
Hearing implants removed disability
Emphasizing that significant success has been achieved with the application of bone anchored hearing implants at the right time, Prof. Dr. Göçer said the following on the subject: “I can easily say that the implants developed for the treatment of people with hearing loss are the devices that give the best results among all medical applications. Because these devices, which replace a non-functional organ, make an individual who will not hear or speak normally because he cannot hear, can hear and speak. He removes an individual who will be included in the disabled class from this class. "
Stating that the simplest and least invasive solutions are recommended for hearing loss as in every disease, Göçer said that a higher solution is applied when the patient's benefit is reduced. Göçer continued as follows: “Devices applied through the external auditory canal may not be used in difficult diseases such as cholesteatoma and frequent external auditory canal inflammations. Conventional hearing aids cannot be used if the external auditory canal is congenital or subsequently closed. In such cases, implants mounted on the bone and working with an active mechanism can be a good solution. Bone conduction implant application can provide satisfactory hearing in cases of high hearing losses that do not benefit from conventional hearing aids.
Stating that ear calcification and discharge that cannot be eliminated with medical treatment can cause important life-threatening complications, Prof. Dr. Göçer stated that the currents can develop due to allergies or infections. Stating that surgical treatment may be required due to infections that do not heal with medical treatment, Göçer added that if the hearing problem persists at the end of medical and surgical treatments, devices or implants may be needed to increase hearing.
Stating that long-term hearing loss will bring along physiological, psychological and social problems that cannot be recovered later, Prof. Dr. Göçer said that hearing losses are classified as conductive hearing loss, neural hearing loss, and mixed type hearing loss, both of which are together. Stating that the hearing loss is defined as very mild, mild, moderate, severe and very severe hearing loss according to the degree of hearing loss, Göçer continued as follows: We recommend hearing implants as effective solutions in case of loss of life. "
Stating that the patient and the type of hearing loss are appropriate, the Social Security Institution pays for the auditory implants and there is no financial burden on the patients, individuals with suspicion of hearing loss or parents who are diagnosed with severe hearing loss in their babies immediately apply to an Ear Nose Throat specialist, He stated that he should use his chance of early intervention.