In recent decades, the development of otolaryngology, audiology, otology and otosurgery has made it possible to restore hearing through cochlear implantation and other hearing restoring operations. Hearing restoration enables people with severe hearing impairment to hear, provides opportunity for children to attend general education school, and improves the quality of social life and communication.
The main functions provided by Rare hearing disorders and hearing implantation center are diagnostics, evaluation and surgical treatment of hearing disorders, long-term follow-up and coordination of multidisciplinary management of patients with rare hearing disorders and congenital ear malformations.
Rare hearing disorders and hearing implantation center is the largest center for ear surgery in terms of number, range and complexity of procedures in Lithuania and the Baltic countries. The center is equipped with sophisticated diagnostic tools and modern surgical equipment necessary to provide modern, well-timed, high quality diagnosis and treatment of rare and complex hearing disorders in children and adults.
The cochlear implantation program started in VUH SK and implemented successfully to this day since 2005. Nearly 400 cochlear implantation operations performed in children and adults since then and simultaneous bilateral cochlear implantations performed since 2014.
Neonatal hearing screening provides an early diagnosis of hearing disorders in Lithuania since 2014. The aim of the program is to test the hearing of all newborns within twenty-eight days of the baby’s birth.
The Rare hearing disorders and hearing implantation center also performs reconstructive ear operations with implantation of middle ear hearing systems. About 300 of these types of reconstructive ear surgeries performed each year.