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German Hearing Center Hannover (DHZ)

Among the international leaders in hearing expertise

Hearing impairments – ranging from mild to profound – are among the commonest medical conditions in our society. Some 15 million people of all ages are affected in Germany alone. All forms and degrees of hearing loss can, however, now be diagnosed and treated using the latest medical and technological advances.

The German Hearing Centre Hannover (DHZ), formed in 2003 as part of the Department of Otolaryngology at MHH, provides all-round service: from full audiological differential diagnosis to guidance on a possible hearing system, from surgery to lifelong medical, technical and educational follow-up and care for patients. A close-knit team led by Professor Thomas Lenarz – ENT specialists, medical engineers, education professionals and speech therapists, hearing-aid audiologists, manufacturers of hearing systems and scientists – works in close cooperation, culminating in the development of medical devices in direct interaction with patients.

The DHZ is part of the Department of Otolaryngology at Hannover Medical School (MHH). This ensures state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures and surgical treatment options. Close cooperation with the manufacturers of hearing systems at the Centre also offers scope for collaborating in the research and development of novel hearing systems.

The German Hearing Centre Hannover (DHZ) advises its patients on the complete range of current hearing systems: conventional hearing aids, middle-ear implants, cochlear implants and tinnitus maskers. Hearing systems such as the ABI (auditory brainstem implant) are available, and a device developed in Hannover – the AMI (auditory midbrain implant) for patients with neurofibromatosis type 2 – has been implanted by the Department, a world first.

The Department of Otolaryngology and the DHZ are well-known for having the world’s largest cochlear implant programme. Nearly 6,000 adults and children have been implanted to date, and every year some 500 patients are fitted with a CI.