Indian girl able to hear after surgery

PTI

World, Asia

This would help her hear sounds and cope up with communication demands.

This was the first cochlear implant procedure at UHS. (Representational image)

Dubai: An eight-year-old Indian girl was able to hear sounds for the first time since she was born after a cochlear implant procedure was performed on her in the UAE.

After a two-week break to recover from the operation, Nafiya returned to a hospital for a follow up where the cochlear implant was activated for the first time by Muhammed Ayas, senior audiologist at the University Hospital Sharjah.

Ahmad Munzer Al Waa, head of the ENT department, said: “This was the first cochlear implant procedure at UHS and more similar operations will be conducted as there is an increasing number of infants who are born with hearing impairments.”

Mr Ayas said: “An electrode is implanted in the inner ear where the child is able to hear sounds for the first time and that the sounds Nafiya hears are new through the cochlear implant and gradually with the help of special software sounds are adjusted to near normal level. This would help her hear sounds and cope up with communication demands. Cochlear implants are designed for patients who can’t hear even with a hearing aid”.

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