Cuba displays achievements of cochlear implant in global forum.

Experts from different latitudes, to participate in a global event of otolaryngology, get to know the progress of Cuba in this field and in particular the National Cochlear Implant Program, which has helped more than 300 people across the country, mostly children.

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Cordovés Dr. Antonio Paz, national coordinator of this specialty group and president of the Cuban Society of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) and Head and Neck Surgery, told ACN that the total operated by this new procedure, 30 are deafblind.

The cochlear implant is designed to replace the function of the inner ear, ie converting acoustic environmental signals into electrical pulses that stimulate the auditory nerve directly shape.

This type of sound neuro allows children with profound deafness of cochlear origin develop oral language, and adults with post lingual deafness regain their hearing, said the specialist.

Although in 1987 a cochlear implant was performed in isolation, Cuba began this proceeding since 1997, and the following year it was decided to intervene the first 21 patients in the Havana Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital said the doctor.

Paz recalled that the Cuban Cochlear Implant Program 2005 arose from the initiative of the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, with the aim of improving the quality of life of these patients and have an effective support for their individual and social development.

For the remarkable achievements in this field and as worldwide recognition was created in Cuba the Iberoamerican Cochlear Implant group during the first congress of this specialty and related sciences, held in Havana.

From 17 to 21 May at the Conventions Palace in Havana held the IX National Congress of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, the Second International Meeting of graduates that industry in Cuba and the V International Congress of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.

Other topics to be addressed by national and foreign specialists will focus on the nasal, oncology, genetics and language, neuro-otological surgery, endoscopic surgery and pediatric otolaryngology.


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