As a result, we recently made progress in 2 research areas that could help advance the development of better hearing loss treatments. Our unit has also managed to fit 221 patients with hearing aids, 10 patients with cochlear implants and 1 patient with a bone conducting implant in the past 12 months.
How did SMU Hospital Management Programme support you in this journey?
Dr Howard Thomas’ session on Strategy and Strategy Implementation impressed upon me the various components which make up a strategic framework, and the need for a good strategy from the outset to overcome competition and deliver optimal outcomes.
What was the societal Impact?
I would like to share with you the experiences of two of my patients, which I hope it would give the world an idea what most people with hearing impairment go through.
First, is an elderly gentleman who had overcome naso-pharyngeal carcinoma. Unfortunately, the radiotherapy treatment for his cancer left him with severe hearing loss. This was affecting his quality of life and his ability to communicate with his equally elderly wife who is currently ill and heavily dependent on him.
After going through a cochlear implant and being able to hear again, he was able to look after his wife and hear her out whenever she calls him for any help. Adding on to that, he was also able to communicate better with his wife which is something very precious to him.
My second patient is a 60 year old lady who had such severe hearing loss that she was too afraid to go out for the fear of miscommunication and social embarrassment.
She would only go to work and then directly home after. At work, she was having difficulty hearing her colleagues in the factory she worked in and was at risk of losing her job. After successfully going through with her cochlear implant and regaining her sense of hearing, this has certainly restored her confidence in going out, and interacting with friends, family and even strangers.
Every patient has a different story and being able to hear again also means that it can lead to creating a greater meaning to one's life.