Lord Mayor and the Smiling Crocodile…

We were honoured to have The Lord mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee and previous Lord Mayor Councillor Robin Owens as our official guests. Robin made the Ear Trust his charity of the year and it was with this help and associated publicity that was the backbone for the fundraising behind the successful completion and opening of the LFLC in 2009.

The Lord mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee and previous Lord Mayor Councillor Robin Owens

We were honored to have The Lord mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee and previous Lord Mayor Councillor Robin Owens as our official guests. Robin made the Ear Trust his charity of the year and it was with this help and associated publicity that was the backbone for the fundraising behind the successful completion and opening of the LFLC in 2009.

Professor Raine gave an overview of how the LFLC came about and continues to be a centre and home for patients. As the Ear Trust’s motto is “Hear for Life”. Warm words were expressed by Mr Max Mclean, Chairman of the hospital board.

Dr Stuart Viner, Consultant Radiologist gave an overview of new radiological technology – Cone Beam Scanning. He described the principles of how it works and how important such a system would greatly enhance the evaluation of patients attending the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service (more detail can be seen in the Appeal ). The scans produce very detailed images of the inner ear. Also because of the significantly lower dose there is minimal artefact when taking postoperative scan to check on implant positioning.

Cochlear implants have changed the lives of many patients and their families. Two patients, one a father and his son who was congenitally deafened, gave a heartfelt view of how well he has done. The second, and adult patient took questions and explained her initial worries soon evaporated when she was programmed and has never looked back.

Behind all this success have been the work, dedication and research to make the implants possible. Presentations from Cochlear and MedEl corporations gave the 60+ attendees the improvements in the systems and the principles on how this is achieved. Cochlear implants are not the only system that YAIS uses. It was pointed out that the service was initially called the Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service but now the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service as all devices are now used. Some patients are not able to use routine hearing aids so various bone conduction devices are available and help bridge the gap.

We are very fortunate to have NHS funding. Bilateral implants for children and unilateral for adults. The criteria for implantation have eased slightly this year.

Mr Khan one of the surgeons has  been supporting communities out in Pakistan for many years. More recently surgical support from Mr Strachan and Prof Raine together with the generous support from MedEl implant company have brought the sounds to over a dozen children in Malawi.   

This April when the team were visiting Blantyre a video and song was make in the local Malawian language of Chichewa . This has been part of a  global project of ‘Smiling Crocodile’