Hearing implants for the developing world


Dr. Prof. Sunil Nayaran
Dr. Prof. Sunil Nayaran Dutt, Chairman of the Global Cochlear Implant Access Network (GCIAN), which takes place during the ME-OTO.

The second World Congress on Cochlear Implants in Emerging Countries is held at the Dubai International convention center, from the 11th to the 13th of April 2017, during the ME-OTO. Dr. Prof. Sunil Nayaran Dutt talks to us about this event.

The meeting is conducted under the aegis of the academic body, Global Cochlear Implant Access Network (GCIAN) registered in Dubai that aims to provide access to hearing implants to all concerned professionals throughout the developing world. This meeting is organized in conjunction with the 14th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. The three day academic feast includes in its structure 15 round tables covering a variety of topical issues specific to emerging nations in the area of hearing implants. Topics include, for example, 1. Newborn hearing screening 2. CI Candidacy evaluations, 3. Surgical and mapping challenges in ossified cochleae and congenital malformations, 4. Mapping and Habilitation issues and hurdles in the developing world, 5. Options for congenital external and middle ear malformations, 6. Management protocols for Single Sided Deafness (SSD) and 7. recent advances in electrophysiological tests for deafness.

There is an interesting round table discussion on “Global Access, Mentorships, Funding and Satellite Centres” that would be ably moderated by Dr Andrew Van Hasselt of Hong Kong, China and Ms Nishita Mohandas of Mumbai, India.

The scientific deliberations include invited lectures and free papers on topics covering surgery, audiology and habilitation for deafness. The keynote address is by Prof Gerard O’Donoghue of Nottingham, UK on the topic: Global Hearing - Time for Action. It is expected that the meeting would be attended by more than 400 professionals involved in hearing healthcare in these regions.

The GCIAN offers scholarships for young surgeons, audiologists and habilitationists to attend this meeting. GCIAN envisages an annual meeting in various parts of the emerging world as the challenges and opportunities specific to these regions can be suitably addressed. The next few meetings are scheduled in Capetown (South Africa), Alexandria (Egypt), Bangalore (India) and Hong Kong (China).

As Chairman of the 2nd World Congress of CI in Emerging Countries and on behalf of the GCIAN, I welcome one and all involved in hearing health to attend this meeting and contribute to the discussions and hence the success of the meeting.

On the other hand, Audiology Worldnews is glad to attend the ME-OTO with a print special issue. To us, the gathering is an indispensable date for taking the pulse of the profession and of the latest research trends.

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Dr. Prof Sunil Nayaran Dutt and AWN