Rapid advances in hearing technologies drives demand for more research in ‘Otology’
Feb 17, 2018

Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 16 February 2018: Emerging breakthroughs in hearing aid devices and hearing implants have revolutionized the medical electronic industry and helped thousands of patients around the globe suffering from varying degrees of hearing impairment in overcoming the stigma of ‘hearing loss’ while also allowing them to experience social and emotional well-being in their respective communities.

One such life changing technology is ‘Cochlear Implant’ wherein research practitioners have found it to be the most effective treatment for children, suffering from significant hearing loss and particularly those who received the cochlear implant in the age group of 0-3 years. Researchers found that such children achieved 90 to 95 percent hearing and language improvement and more importantly 90 percent of them, developed a hearing and speech equal to those of children with normal hearing.

According to World Health Organization WHO, over 5 percent of the world’s population, accounting for nearly 360 million people are currently living with disabling hearing loss and roughly 4 percent of the UAE population suffer from some form of hearing impairment while the number of people undiagnosed or still unaware about hearing loss issues is growing rapidly.

With the aim of reducing the severity of hearing impairment among children, adults and people of all ages and promoting Research and Development, R & D in the field of Otology, Dubai Otology, a highly specialized conference & exhibition in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery and MED-EL, a leading implant systems provider for patients with hearing loss, have jointly announced plans to launch the ‘Best Paper Award’ for research in Otology.

Commenting on their initiative, Dr. Ahmad Alamadi, Scientific Chairman of Dubai Otology and Medical Director at Al Baraha Hospital, stated that, “The ‘Best Paper Award’ is a joint initiative of Dubai Otology and MED-EL and this is being given to two outstanding residents and fellow students in the GCC region, who will be given an opportunity to pursue research in international temporal bone laboratory course in ‘advanced Otology’ and ‘hearing implants’.”

Dr. Alamadi added, “The winners of the ‘Best Paper Award’ will be announced during the upcoming edition of Dubai Otology, that will be held from the 7th to the 9th of November this year at the Mohammed bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai Healthcare City”.

While speaking about the significance of Dubai Otology and the huge response they received last year, Dr. Alamadi stated, “the last edition of Dubai Otology hosted over 25 top-notch speakers in the field of Otology and the event attracted over 500 regional and international E.N.T. specialists, surgeons, otolaryngologists, otologists, neurologists and audiologists among other experts, which greatly helped in creating a very interactive and educational environment.”

On his part, David Raetz, CEO and Regional Director for MED-EL Middle East said, "MED-EL is very excited to collaborate with Dubai Otology in announcing the ‘Best Paper Award’ for research in Otology. This award is a great step towards promoting research in the field of Otology and specifically hearing implants. Furthermore, it draws a higher interest from industry professionals as it provides two winners a unique opportunity to receive full sponsorship while also help them in pursuing their dream at the same time.”

The 3-day Dubai Otology Conference & Exhibition, running until the 9th of November this year, will host a number of world renowned experts in Otology, representing many countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, United Kingdom, United States, Lebanon, India, Morocco and Pakistan.

Dubai Otology, which is held every year under the patronage of His Excellency Abdul-Rahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health & Prevention in the UAE, is organized by INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions - member of INDEX Holding, in cooperation with UAE’s Ministry of Health and other regional and international bodies such as the Arab Academy of Otology & Cochlear Implant (AOOCI) and the UAE-India Business Council (UIBC).

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