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Hearing aid implant technology and developments in the treatment of hearing impairment were the major topics at a recent meeting organized by King Saud University.

The meeting, conducted for the third year by KSU, featured experts representing King Abdulaziz University Hospital’s Cochlear Implant and Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Program and the Prince Sultan Research  Chair for Hearing Disability and Implantable Devices (RCHD).

The experts delivered a series of lectures and presentations regarding research and development of treatment, rehabilitation, and devices for the hearing impaired that is being conducted throughout the Kingdom and abroad. One of the more significant presentations the development of Rannan, a computer-based hearing rehabilitation tool for profoundly deaf children who recently acquired cochlear implants.

Rannan software, developed by King Saud University’s RCHD program, was designed to address the needs of Arabic-speaking children. At the conclusion of the meeting, youngsters who had recently completed their rehabilitation were introduced to and presented gifts from Siraj M. Zakzouk, founder of the program 15 years ago.

Dr.  Abdulrahman Al Sanosi, Director of King Abdulaziz University Hospital’s Cochlear Implant and Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Program, expressed his delight at seeing another class of children who have benefited from the program and encouraged those suffering from hearing impairment to take advantage of the program.

Dr. Abdulrahman Hagr, RCHD supervisor, revealed that KSU will spearhead a research program for hearing impairment in the Kingdom. He said plans include sponsorship of a cochlear implant program that will be the largest in the region and the establishment of an advanced large-scale training fellowship to supplement the program.

In his remarks, Dr. Hagr applauded the generous support of Prince Sultan and thanked the sponsor for his confidence in the RCHD staff.  He said he hoped that within five years, KSU will have 10 Saudi Arabian programs specializing in hearing aid and implantations.