- Published on 16 February 2015
Brazilian Ministry of Health Decree 2.776 of December 18, 2014, has established new standards for the surgical treatment of deafness through the Sistema Único de Saúde, the country’s publicly funded health system.
The new regulation supersedes Decree 1.278 in force since 1999, which set the rules for cochlear implants in the Brazilian public sector for 15 years. Decree 2.776 includes a range of new procedures (now 24 instead of 4), including simultaneous and sequential bilateral cochlear implant in children aged under 7 years, and in teenagers and adults with post-lingual deafness.
For the former group, bilateral CI depends on several conditions, among which not benefiting from bimodal fitting (CI+HA), scoring 50% or less on open-set sentences testing, and adequate rehabilitation conditions in the city of residency. Furthermore, teenagers and adults who meet the criteria have to undergo sequential CI, since the first implant must have been proven effective before implanting the second. Another improvement is a 6-year free-of-charge warranty for all devices’ external parts, and sound processor replacement after six years. The decree also includes bone-anchored hearing aids in the government’s hearing health policy.
Besides new procedures, the new decree also obliges CI hospitals to request a new qualification with requirements exceeding those of the former regulation. For instance, the Brazilian Ministry of Health aims to increase knowledge in hospitals with little CI experience. Hospitals with less than 10 years’ qualification in the CI government program or less than 240 CIs need to qualify their otolaryngology surgeons with a 60-hour course on CIs and bone-anchored HAs, an 80-hour practical internship, and the follow-up of 20 surgeries (10 in adults and 10 in children).
Source: Audiology Infos Brazil
practice under covid-19
Updated guidance for UK hearing health clinicians has been agreed and communicated by the country's professional bodies in audiology.
The discovery of a common inherited genetic variant putting thousands of adults potentially at risk of adult-onset hearing loss (HL) may open the way to prevention through gene therapy.
A cautious but breezy performance update from the Swiss hearing solutions provider Sonova Holding AG shows the group expecting sales for the first half of FY 2020/21 to reach 65-75% of the prior year level.
A July 1 update from the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) highlights a 6.4% growth in global hearing aid sales for 2019, but a bright long-term picture over recent years cannot disguise the still unaudited debacle of 2020.
The Botswanan firm behind a successful solar-rechargeable hearing aid has been steadily breaking into markets throughout Africa and Brazil.
Orders are coming in and activity is increasing says hearing tech giant Demant as markets respond gradually to the opening up of societies, but uncertainty still clouds the crystal ball on the near-term financial outlook.
Wednesday, June 24 brings the first of three International Hearing Society (IHS) Virtual Conference days, the organisation's first ever online live event.
Lantos Technologies, the US firm behind the Lantos 3D Ear Scanning System, has launched a new e-commerce portal enabling consumers to comfortably browse and buy custom-fit hearing products from manufacturers such as Microsonic, Sennheiser and TETRA: Storefront.[ ... ]
Signia TeleCare is an end-to-end, comprehensive remote care solution that allows professionals to adapt existing processes to dispense, fit, and service hearing aids virtually. Professionals need a desktop/laptop computer plus a headset and a webcam; the customer needs a smartphone with the free Signia app downloaded onto it.[ ... ]
Phonak has launched eSolutions, a telehealth technology platform comprising a suite of tools featuring online hearing testing as well as real-time remote hearing aid fitting, programming, and fine-tuning. The tools work together to remotely connect providers with clients at all stages of the hearing care journey from the safety of their homes.[ ... ]