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Croatia leading in the field of cochlear implants

Written by  Oct 18, 2016

Once again Croatia has found its place on the world list but this time it is in the field of medicine.

In the past twenty years around 700 cochlear implant procedures have been carried out in Croatia which puts the country in 12th place in the world.

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device which provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears.

Last week with the co-organisation of one of the leading Austrian manufacturers of cochlear implants, Split hosted the 14th European congress about cochlear implants and hi-tech hearing aid devices which marked the 20th anniversary of the first cochlear implant surgery in Croatia which was conducted on a child patient.

The congress hosted the most eminent experts in the region with exceptional knowledge and experience in the field of cochlear implants, and provided a platform for the exchange of ideas, discussions on the professional development and for encouraging cooperation among countries.

According to data from the Austrian company, there is an increasing need for hearing aids in the world. Less than 5 percent of those who suffer from hearing loss receive appropriate treatment or implant. In Central Europe, 25 cochlear implants have been implanted per one million people. In other areas of the world, that number is five times smaller.

In Croatia around 450 cochlear implants surgeries were conducted at the Sisters of Mercy hospital in Zagreb, whilst the rest were conducted at other Croatian hospitals.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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