Cochlea Implant Technology, the Latest Solution to Hearing Impairment in Indonesia

Jakarta, 24 January 2017 – In Indonesia, hearing impairment is among the health issues that requires special attention. Based on the data published by WHO, 1 out of 1,000 babies in Indonesia are born with a hearing impairment . For children, hearing impairment have serious implications towards their mental and intellectual development as they lose the ability to hear and furthermore limit their ability to speak and learn.

Director of Medical and Nursing of Kencana Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), Dr. dr. Ratna Dwi Restuti, Sp.THT-KL(K) said, “The prevalence rate of hearing impairment in Indonesia has reached 4,6% and it is estimated that the number of people suffering hearing-impairment has reached 9,6 million, which places Indonesia with the second highest number people suffering hearing-impaired in the world. Early detection of hearing impairment is very important in order to determine proper treatment. Furthermore, Dr. dr. Ratna Dwi Restuti, Sp.THT-KL(K) said, “Therefore RSCM Kencana as a hospital with internationally-recognized and integrated health services, collaborates with Cochlear and Kasoem Hearing and Speech Centre to provide a comprehensive solution to hearing impairment through cochlea implant technology.

The cochlea is the auditory organ which sends message to the auditory nerve and the brain. Any sound caught by the ear is first sent to the earlobe and is then to the cochlea. Cochlea surgery involves implanting electrode inside the hearing organ containing auditory nerves located in the inner ear. This electrode replaces cochlea’s functions as the hearing device. This surgery is meant for people with deafness that cannot be helped with the regular hearing aid. As such, cochlea implant improves the inner ear optimally which in turns restores the patient’s ability to hear.

Staf of E.N.T – Head and Neck Surgery Department of RSCM – FKUI, dr. Harim Priyono, SpTHT-KL(K) added, “If not properly treated, hearing impairment may cause adverse effects to one’s cognitive, psychological, and social development. Therefore it is very important to make more people aware of the issue and understand proper solutions to hearing impairment.”

Further, dr. Harim Priyono, SpTHT-KL(K), “Cochlea implantation has been done many times in Indonesia. In RSCM Kencana since 2009 to date we have handled only 80 cochlea implant patients. Cochlea implantation in RSCM Kencana is a team work and implements procedures that involves multidisciplinary of medical and non-medical knowledge, such as Neurology Specialist (for children and adults), Internal Medicine Specialists (for adults), Radiology Specialists, Anesthesia Specialists, Children’s Development Specialists, Clinic Pharmacists, and Children Psychiatric Specialist (psychologist). Additionally, sound adjustments are to be made after the surgery to ensure that cochlea implantation has been done properly. Months after implantation, adjustment session will be dine to maintain the quality of the sound received by the ear.”

Country Manager of Cochlear for Indonesia, Vietnam dan Filipina, Bambang Nur Indrawan explained, “Cochlear Indonesia is a part of Cochlear Ltd, the first and biggest implant company in the world. Since 2007, our company has partnered with Kasoem Hearing & Speech Centre to provide a comprehensive solution to hearing impairment through cochlea implant technology for Indonesian society. Through the collaboration between RSCM Kencana, Cochlear, and Kasoem Hearing & Speech Centre, Indonesians will now receive hearing solution and get best practice services in hearing treatment which are conducted by professional and standardized and supported with complete diagnostic instruments.”

Cochlea implant technology innovation gives a hearing solution and the opportunity to the Indonesian society to reduce the impact of hearing impairment. “With the cochlea implant technology and innovation, we hope to bring a new hope to young generations suffering from hearing impairment so that they can get proper education, go to school, achieve the success they want, without any limitation. Don’t let hearing impairment obstructs the children from their social surroundings. Consult with hearing experts to understand more about cochlea implant for a proper hearing solution,” concluded Bambang Nur Indrawan.

About Kasoem Hearing & Speech Centre
PT. Kasoem Pioneer Optik was first established in 1939, focused in the field of optical services. In 1970, the company received an award from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia as the first optic pioneer in Indonesia. In 1990, Kasoem established Kasoem Hearing & Speech Centre. Kasoem has always been committed to its vision to become a leading provider of hearing solution, health care, and development, conducted by dedicated experts. Kasoem Hearing & Speech Centre continues to provide comprehensive services by partnering with Cochlear Limited, the leading provider of implant cochlear solution in the world.
In 2008, Kasoem Hearing & Speech Centre established CAN (Cochlear Awareness Network) to make sure that hearing aid users and Cochlear stays in good relationship. Additionally in 2015, Kasoem Hearing & Speech Center collaborated with Cochlear ltd to establish the CTEC (Cochlear Training & Experience Centre), a health center providing international-standard audiology and rehabilitation services to hearing-impaired individuals. Further, CTEC has become a training and development facility for experts, giving training courses to parents, teachers, and professionals as to enrich them with knowledge and specific skills so that they can aid hearing-impaired individuals. CTEC in Indonesia is the first CTEC in Southeast Asia and the third one in the world after Dubai and China.

About Coclear Limited
Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. The company has a global workforce of 3,000 people and invests more than AUS$100 million a year in research and development. Products include cochlear implants, bone conduction and acoustic implants, which are designed to treat a range of moderate to profound types of hearing loss. Over 450,000 people of all ages, across more than 100 countries, now hear because of Cochlear.
Cochlear has been present in Indonesia for more than 15 years and has helped many patients to restore their hearing. Partnered with Kasoem Hearing & Speech Centre, Cochlear is committed to provide hearing solutions for hearing impaired in Indonesia.