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Cochlear implantation in South Africa (part 2)

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-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) 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. The previous article in this series sketched the problem of severe-toprofound SNHL, and how cochlear implantation can overcome this, how a cochlear implant (CI) works, the history of cochlear implantation and the principles of the multidisciplinary CI team. The current status of cochlear implantation in South Africa (SA) is the subject of discussion in this article, the second of this two-part series on cochlear implantation. It comprises a study of the best available current data on the status of CI in SA.

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; South African Cochlear Implant Group

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South African Medical Journal 2022;112(2):71-75.

Article History

Date submitted: 2022-02-01
Date published: 2022-02-01

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