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Release: March 7, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on cochlear implants
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bruce Gantz, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head
of otolaryngology and director of the University of Iowa Health Care Otolaryngology
-- Head and Neck Surgery Institute, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer
discussion on cochlear implants with a nationwide audience on AmericasDoctor.com
from 7 to 8 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, March 8.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Cochlear implants are devices that take the place of damaged inner ear structures
that cause profound hearing loss. In a functional ear, hair cells that line
the cochlea change mechanical sound waves coming into the ear to electrical
impulses that travel through nerves to the brain, where they are interpreted
as sound. Cochlear implants use a microphone that picks up sound; a speech
processor that replicates the function of the hair cells, changing acoustic
energy into electrical signals; a transmitter; and an implanted electrode
component containing a microchip that decodes and distributes the information
along the cochlear nerve.
After receiving his medical degree at the UI, Gantz completed his residency
in otolaryngology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and a fellowship in otology/neurotology
at the University of Zurich, Otorhinolaryngologishe Klinik and Poliklinik,
Zurich. He joined the UI faculty in 1980. Gantz is director and principal
investigator of the Iowa Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center: Project
IV, which is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. His clinical
expertise is in neurotology, neurotologic skull base surgery, tumors of the
skull base, cochlear implants and otology.
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue
from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com and
clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
UI Health Cares partnership with AmericasDoctor.com is part of an
increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through
the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a
New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million
World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue
projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.