A Cochlear implant workshop was conducted today, 7th
January 2012, by the Department of ENT, Head & Neck surgery, Sri
Ramachandra Medical College and Research institute, Chennai, South India.
Prof Joachim Mueller from the University of Munich,
Germany accompanied by Dr John Martin Hempel led the workshop. The theme of the
workshop was to demonstrate detailed surgical techniques of cochlear
implantation surgery. The organizing chairman Prof A Ravi Kumar and organizing
secretary Prof Senthil coordinated with the international faculty to highlight
the latest trends in the field of cochlear implantation at this workshop.
The academic interactions included inputs by Prof
Sanjeev Mohanty and other ENT luminaries and delegates who attended the
workshop. The workshop was a one day
program that included a demonstration of cochlear implantation surgery on the
skull bones of cadavers thereby imparting necessary detailed instruction and
initiating cochlear implant surgeons. This was followed by cochlear
implantation surgery on two needy hearing impaired children by Prof Joachim
Cochlear implant surgery is a delicate, precise and
minute surgery performed under the microscope on the inner ear to stimulate the
nerves involved in hearing using a state of the art device called the Cochlear
implant which is presently manufactured only in 3 countries outside India. This
device enables the implantee to listen to sounds and speech thereby bringing
them back to the mainstream of life and making them socially productive.