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King Saud UniversityDr. Abdulrahman Hagr, supervisor of the Prince Sultan Research Chair of Hearing Disabilities and Implantable Devices (RCHD) has stated that the Chair will make every effort to bolster the already strong partnership between King Saud University and the community. One of the ways in which this can be accomplished is through making the most up-to-date technologies available to the community, including continued research into hearing impairments. and their solutions

Dr. Hagr stated, “The cochlear implant program at KSU’s King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Riyadh now ranks among the top-ten international programs in this field.” This lofty status took shape over the past year when the hospital’s administration increased the number of annual cochlear implant recipients to more than 200.

King Saud Univerity is committed to providing the hearing-disabled with a better life, sponsoring the largest program in the Middle East for cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA), and setting up the only fellowship in the Middle East for ear surgery and hearing aid implants. KSU trains specialists with an intensive two-year program, and provide graduates with a minute surgery specialization diploma accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS), through the Ministry of Health.

The Kingdom’s Council of Health Services (CHS) requires that only surgeons with SCHS accredited diplomas may perform cochlear implant surgeries. It was because of this that KSU founded the RCHD in 2009, providing Saudi Arabia with yet another world-class clinical and medical research center.

The RCHD provides further contributions to cochlear-implant research, developing and applying invaluable technology and treatments which help young cochlear-implant recipients adapt to their new-found hearing abilities.

The RCHD mission is to enhance community awareness hearing impairments and solutions; provide patients with quality care; collaborate with other KSU research chairs to achieve innovation and excellence; effectively integrate patients into society; and to create a solid research base for future generations.

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