His Excellency the Director of the University inaugurates the 15th Forum for Cochlear Implants
His Excellency the Director of King Saud University, Dr. Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar commended the significant role that made by King Abdullah Ear Specialist Center (KAESC).
As it became one of the oldest centers that specialized in the treatment of impairment in addition to, providing training services for doctors and specialists in the field of hearing impairment and the cochlear implants. He said that the university is proud to provide its services to all groups of society based on its keenness to achieve all that would raise this nation and serve all sectors of society and seek to achieve the strategic goals. Among those groups that the university sought to stand by and find solutions to their problems, it was the hearing impaired people. Which is considered one of the most common disabilities, adding that the hearing impairment have an effect on the person who has difficulty communicating with the community even the closest people to him. As it is difficult for those around him to communicate with him and understand his demands? However, this is rarely come with another physical disability, pointing out that the motto of University starts from the leadership and excellence in building the community with what it has in hand of the potential of knowledge and human resources. It took it upon itself, the initiative to establish a specialized center for the treatment and rehabilitation of this group of our homeland dear. He added in his speech at the opening of the 15th Forum for Cochlear Implantation that organized today: The wise guidance of this generous country starts from a clear vision to feel their needs and provide their requirements. The Royal Decree was issued to establish King Abdullah Ear Specialist Center (KAESC) at King Saud University to be a specialized center in this field to move forward of Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz project for hearing impairment and the cochlear implants, which is based on the partnership between the university and the community for reaching out to the world in the field of knowledge.
It becomes one of the most important things that succeeded in demonstrating the importance of its mission to society through providing the best educational and therapeutic services to the citizens of this country.
Dr. Al-Omar pointed out that the University is very keen to adopt the disability and designating centers to study it and teach it as well as providing the best solutions and treatment services in this area. As for the needs of this impairment, the University has given a special attention in this field, stressing that the University has had one of the largest five global programs in cochlear implantation in a very short time.
It has also established a specialized fellowship to train Saudi Consultants in this field in which it became the only one in the Middle East in parallel to the international programs. Graduates also proved that they are able to set up distinguished programs in the Kingdom's hospital that work side by side in providing the best therapeutic and educational services. Moreover, other programs in the University hospitals have begun in parallel to cochlear implants, which are the implantation of all kinds of cochlear that available globally, which are rarely available in one medical reference. This makes it easier for the patient to travel abroad and spare the vast sums of money by states.
For his part, the Director of King Abdullah Ear Specialist Center (KAESC), Dr. Abdulrahman Hajar, said that this forum is characterized by the participation of the Departments of Special Education for Boys and Girls in the Ministry of Education, the Hearing and Speech Center, the Saudi Association for Hearing Impairment and the Prince Sultan Center for Support Services coincided with the Global Cochlear Implantation day , indicating that hearing impairment is considered one of the most common physical disabilities (2 out of 1000) born with an auditory disability, which constitutes 10% of the world.
As for the causes of disability, Dr. Hajar, confirmed that heredity has a major role since recent surveys had indicated that 50% of the patients have inherited disease due to family history. However, in the west 90% of the patients with hearing impaired do not have inherited diseases because of family history, stressing the importance of early detection and treatment in which the treatment would be extremely difficult after the age of five. He extended his thanks to the Director of King Saud University for his sponsorship of this forum.
Then, Dr. Badran Al-Omar, the Rector of the University, opened the awareness exhibition about the cochlea and ear health.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Muammar, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Khalid bin Ali Fouda, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and a number of KSUMC Officials.