Prof. Dr. Celil Göçer noted that 2 or 3 of every 1,000 newborns are born with hearing loss in one or two ears, and 90 percent of these babies have no hearing loss in their families.
Göçer stated that in babies who do not have congenital hearing loss, hearing loss may occur due to bacterial or viral infections or accumulation of fluid in the ear during the growth process, and that approximately 15 percent of the total population over the age of 18 have hearing loss in varying degrees.
Göçer noted that hearing impairment can be eliminated with new implant technologies and successful results are obtained with early intervention.
“Hearing loss is 2 times more common in men than in women”
Prof. Dr. Göçer reported that with chronological and physiological aging, the rates of hearing loss increased after the age of 60, that after the age of 70, about half of the population experienced hearing loss in varying degrees, and that statistically, hearing loss was seen twice more often in men than women.
Stating that an approach should be developed according to the condition of the patient after the diagnosis of hearing loss, Göçer said that with the developments in nanotechnology and software technology, the devices and implants used for hearing loss have also continuously improved.
Göçer said, “As the device size gradually shrinks, the sound quality they provide has increased. While conventional hearing aids pick up the sound and increase the sound level with the amplifier effect and transfer it to the external auditory canal, a clearer and higher hearing is provided by the direct stimulation of the cochlea by the vibration of the bone implanted hearing aids. Device and implant solutions can be adjusted according to the type of hearing loss of the patient with their software. Bone implanted devices provide full success in severe hearing loss. ” used the expressions.
“These devices make an individual who cannot speak because he cannot hear can hear and speak”
Lokman Hekim University Head of ENT Clinic Department Göçer emphasized that significant success has been achieved with the application of bone-mounted hearing implants at the right time, and said, “I can easily say that the implants developed for the treatment of people with hearing loss are the devices that give the best results in all medical applications. These devices, which replace an organ, make an individual who cannot hear or speak because they cannot hear normally, can hear and speak. It removes an individual who will be in the disabled class from this class. ” used the expressions.
Stating that the simplest, least invasive solutions are recommended first for hearing loss as in any disease, and when the benefit seen by the patient decreases, a higher solution is applied, Göçer said:
“In difficult diseases such as cholesteatoma and frequently recurring external auditory canal infections, devices applied through the external auditory canal may not be used. Classical hearing aids cannot be used in the case of congenital or post-closure of the external auditory canal. The application of bone conduction implants can provide satisfactory hearing in cases of high levels of hearing loss that do not benefit from conventional hearing aids. “
“Long-term hearing loss brings with it irreparable problems for the person”
Prof. Dr. Göçer stated that ear calcification and discharge that cannot be treated with medical treatment can cause serious life-threatening complications, discharge may develop due to allergic or infection, surgical treatment may be required due to infections that do not improve with medical treatment, and a device that will increase hearing if the hearing problem continues at the end of medical and surgical treatments. or that implants may be needed.
Emphasizing that long-term hearing loss will bring along physiological, psychological and social problems that cannot be recovered later, Göçer stated that hearing losses are classified as “conductive hearing losses”, “neural hearing losses” and “mixed type hearing losses” where both of them are together.
Stating that it is defined as “very mild”, “mild”, “moderate”, “severe” and “very severe” hearing loss according to the degree of hearing loss, Göçer said, “It is not possible to use conventional hearing aids or their power is not sufficient. We recommend hearing implants as effective solutions in severe hearing losses. ” used the expression.
Stating that the patient and the type of hearing loss are appropriate, the Social Security Institution pays for auditory implants and there is no financial burden on the patients, individuals with suspicion of hearing loss or parents diagnosed with severe hearing loss in their babies, immediately apply to an otolaryngologist. He noted that he should use his chances of early intervention.