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Teaching Hospital conducts free ear cochlea implants

The Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos has conducted free ear cochlea implants and Tympano plastic surgeries for 10 patients.

The surgical operations were carried out at the hospital in Jos, by a team of surgeons from the United States led by Dr Douglas Green.

According to him, the team conducted otology surgeries, primary tympano plastic surgeries, and cochlea implant surgeries.

He explained that the tympano plastic surgery entailed the reconstruction of the ear drum and the tympanic membrane, while the cochlea implant surgery entailed two parts, one of which places the receiver stimulator under the skin through surgery.

Dr Green identified factors responsible for the rise in hearing loss to include the high incidences of malaria,  adding  that the high use of certain medications with toxicities could also trigger hearing loss.

He said that infections such as childhood meningitis could also lead to hearing loss as well as noise pollution in urban cities.

He explained that those who survived Lassa fever infection usually experience hearing loss as a complication, and lamented that hearing loss was not getting the desired attention because it was not as visible as other health challenges.

He called on the government and well-meaning individuals to invest in the health sector, particularly in the Ear, Nose and throat section, and regretted that too many Nigerians were suffering from hearing loss.

He said that most patients with that health challenge had lost their jobs because of the impediment, while some had lost their marriages, because their spouses could not cope with them.

Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Edwin Eseigbe  thanked the team for the gesture as well as donation of equipment used for the surgeries.

Josiah Buzun

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