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Published on Jun 27, 2010
Hearing is one of the critical senses that affect the quality of life in human beings. Statistically, four in one thousand babies are born with hearing problems that cannot be corrected using external hearing aids. However, for hearing problems that affect the inner ear, corrective surgery is available to remedy the problem.
This documentary shows how hearing in young children can be restored with implant cochlear technology. This surgery is indicated in patients with bilateral severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Assessments can be done even on new born to determine the need for this corrective intervention.
This micro surgery process places an Implant which provides electrical stimulus that is picked up as sound waves by the brain. Implant patients will need to undergo extensive therapy and coaching on listening skills to enable them to hear. The Audiologist and Pathologist play a crucial role in managing the entire process from diagnosis to full rehabilitation.
This documentary is intended to educate the public on the availability of this technology in Malaysia. Parents of children with hearing impairment need not hope but can reasonably expect to restore the hearing abilities of their child.
The surgery was recorded live in the operating theatre of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Directed & Produced by Lee Sheng Wang www.LeeShengWang.Tk