A Culture of Care
Hough Ear Institute (HEI) has a tradition of going. Dr. Jack Hough supported this idea by going himself and encouraging others in our organization to do the same. HEI believes we are called to help our fellow man – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Humans all over the world need encouragement and care, and at HEI, we know that calling.
Recently, our CEO Dr. Richard Kopke partnered with Dr. Mike Disher from Ohio and traveled to Vietnam to work with the National ENT Hospital in Hanoi, where he had the opportunity to speak at two seminars with over 200 physicians in attendance. This was made possible with the wonderful help of Mr. Brian Teel and REI Vietnam. Dr. Kopke also had the chance to see almost all former Hough Ear Institute Vietnam fellows who have traveled to HEI in Oklahoma City to study cochlear implantation over the last several years.
Over the last five years, concerted efforts of the Hanoi hospital and staff has exponentially increased quality of care for otology patients. When our physicians started traveling there, doctors did not have access to the proper equipment or training required to implant cochlear devices. This last year, they successfully performed over 100 cochlear implant surgeries. What a blessing for so many people to receive so much sound.
The hospital has added an audiologist that can do cochlear activations, and now, patients also have access to a speech pathologist. People in the Hanoi region have options for hearing care that were nonexistent just a few years ago. We are excited to continue working with the National ENT Hospital and see further care advancements for the people in Vietnam.