Last Update 21:29
Thursday, 14 November 2019

First hearing loss specialised rehab centre in Egypt opens its doors

Public and private sectors collaborate to establish the first rehabilitation centre in Egypt that specialises in promoting the health of patients with hearing loss

Ingy Deif, Monday 6 Jul 2015
Photo: Reuters
Views: 2038
Views: 2038

Collaboration between the Egyptian ministry of health and the private sector saw the opening of the first rehabilitation center in Egypt that specialises in promoting the health of patients with hearing loss.

The event, which took place on the 4th of July, gathered leading surgeons and doctors in the field, and was attended by Prof. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, official spokesman of the ministry of health.

The cooperation of the private sector was manifested by the presence of Austrian Cochlear implants company MED-EL, which announced that the rehabilitation for all patients of cochlear ear implants would be free for the first six months.

The facility, which lies on the outskirts of Heliopolis district, is the first of its kind in Egypt and aims at providing children who have implants with the best rehabilitation, which requires advanced and intensive therapy with auditory and language skills. The programmes in the center include art and music classes which create a unique educational experience for the kids.

Special attention is paid to the importance of preparing the families and providing them with essential counseling and guidance, thus enabling them to be an effective and positive part of the children's rehabilitation process.

Dr Hossam Abdel Ghaffar stressed that it is a source of pride to develop the first specialised center of its kind in Egypt, adding that successful social integration of patients of cochlear ear implants is solely dependent on the quality of rehabilitation available, as well as the dedication of the family to the treatment plan.

Dr. Hochmair, CEO of MED-EL, elaborated on the importance of the collaboration of civil society, private sector and the government to provide the right atmosphere for patients with cochlear implants and integrate them into the society in a way that realises their full potential.

In the centre, which can host up to 300 patients, children are trained individually and within groups and a process of continuous evaluation takes place every three months to assure that required goals are met and progress is attained before the patients integrate into the society.

It was announced that within a year, two more similar centres would be opened in Alexandria and Upper Egypt to give access to other parts of the country to the same service.

Because of the alarming increase in people suffering from hearing loss worldwide, the World Health Organization took the decision in 2007 to declare the 3rd of March each year as World Ear Care day.

The choice of the date of 3/3 is symbolic and intriguing, as it refers to the due resemblance of hearing abilities in the two ears.

According to the ministry of health, hearing impairment threatens 13.6 million people in Egypt and the region.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

26-07-2015 12:48pm
Where is this centre?
Can you please publish the contact details of this centre. I need them urgently. Thanks
Comment's Title

21-07-2015 10:47pm
No wonder
No wonder so many Egyptians have hearing loss. Ear trumpet damaging noise everywhere, especially at wedding-parties and funeral-rituals(!!!). Unbelieveble loud and painful, especially damaging to children sitting beside the loud speakers for hours without knowing what it will mean for their future. Shame!
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.