The Team

The core team members of the DCIP are involved in monthly meetings to discuss all patients being considered for implantation. This internationally accepted practice is to ensure quality of care by combining knowledge; skills and expertise in a multi-disciplinary environment to ensure objective evaluation of implant candidacy and patient expectation.

Each prospective and if appropriate, previously implanted patient’s medical history, audiological assessment and radiological evaluation is discussed and suggestions are made regarding implant and electrode choice, method and timing of surgery and post-operative rehabilitation and therapy. All patient information is treated as strictly confidential.

The Core DCIP team

Dr K Schlemmer

Kurt Schlemmer is an ENT in practice at Hillcrest Private Hospital and the current co-ordinator of the Durban Cochlear Implant Program (DCIP). Dr Schlemmer has a special interest in otology, cochlear implantation, neurotology and lateral skull base surgery.

www.drkurtschlemmer.com

Kara Hoffman

Kara Hoffman is an audiologist in practice at Thompson and Hoffman at Parklands hospital. Kara is one of the founding members of the DCIP with extensive experience in paediatric hearing assessment and aural rehabilitation. Kara has obtained additional qualification and registration with the HPCSA to perform cochlear implant specific assessments and mapping services .

www.thaudiology.com

Dr W Zieciak

Wojciech Zieciak is an ENT in practice at Entabeni and Parklands Hospital. Dr Zieciak has a special interest in otology, cochlear implantation and paediatric ENT and is a part-time lecturer at the Department of ENT at the University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN)

www.drzieciak.co.za

Julie Cardona

Julie Cardona is an audiologist and speech and language therapist at Julie Cardona and Associates in Hillcrest. Julie has obtained additional qualification and special registration with the HPCSA to perform cochlear implant specific assessments and mapping services.

Dr Y Saman

Yougan Saman is the current Head of Discipline: Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine UKZN. Dr Saman has extensive experience in neuro-otology with a PhD from University College London and has a special interest in cochlear implantation and lateral skull base surgery.

Hayley Asbury

Hayley Asbury is a clinical psychologist in practice at Hillcrest Private Hospital. Hayley has specific experience in hearing impairment and its effect on the individual as well as family.

The DCIP Extended Family

The Durban Cochlear Implant Program is by definition a collaborative effort by professionals of various disciplines to ensure comprehensive and wholistic treatment advice to our patients and their families. Here are just some of these supporting and contributing professionals:

Tersia Foxcroft

Teacher
Livingstone School
SACIG member

Lisa Aitken

Speech and Language therapist
Julie Cardona and ass.
SACIG member

Karen Shinn

Speech and Language therapist
Private practice
SACIG member

Ayesha Osman

Audiologist Fulton School
SACIG Member

Rashni Prithipal

Audiologist
Hi Hopes – Provincial co-ordinator KZN

Linda Johnston

Audiologist/ Speech and Language therapist at Livingstone School

Dr Bianca Birdsey

Medical Doctor
Founder of Thrive parent advocacy and support group

Zandile Blose

Audiolgist at UKZN