The cochlear implant programme has helped more than a hundred people with impaired hearing since its introduction in Penang in 2005.
The world can be silent for those with profound hearing impairment. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time it cannot be medically or surgically corrected.
But innovative medical technology is making the impossible possible. There is now a device that can “cure” profound hearing loss caused by auditory nerve damage: the cochlear implant.
According to Datuk Dr Lim Seh Guan, an ear, nose and throat, and head and neck surgeon (ENT) at LohGuanLye Specialists Centre, the cochlear implant programme was the first of its kind in the northern region of Malaysia and first introduced in May 2005.
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