In recent news, South Africa is making international headlines and history all at once. We have watched how tech has evolved over the years and we have expected it to become so advance that we could eventually cure illnesses, but did we expect this to happen in 2019?
We have seen tech turn land based casinos into online casinos allowing access to the best slots, we have seen concept hover crafts turn into police vehicles and we have seen some of the coolest gadgets designed to track our health. These are only some of the advancements we have seen in tech, but nothing has quite prepared us for the news that rocked the world in April, just over Easter.
After the first quarter into the year and already ground breaking tech has impacted the life of 35 year old South African who unfortunately lost his hearing in a car accident.
The procedure took place using 3D printing tech which reconstructed the broken bones in the patient’s middle ear and only took an hour and a half to complete. It is the first surgery of its kind and has proven to be successful.
The young man who underwent the surgery is in his mid-thirties and the unfortunate car accident that claimed his hearing, severely damaged the inside of his ear leaving everyone to believe he would remain deaf. That was until a group of highly qualified and trained South African doctors formed a heroic team and defeated the odds.
The South African Hearing Institute concluded that all human beings hearing naturally deteriorates from the ripe old age of 30 right through the remainder of your life. It has been studied and more than half the world’s population suffers from hearing loss and not all of them have naturally declined over the years, many have suffered from birth or from childhood with hearing loss. This breakthrough in technology could change the lives of children suffering from genetically inherited hearing defects and ease the pain of older patients.
It has been said that patients of all ages and walks of life will be able to safely undergo the procedure, curing all kinds of inner ear damage due to defects, infections, mishaps and or metabolic diseases. The doctors have been studying the art of recreating the smaller, finer bones of the human body. They will obviously need finding to study further and be able to test, but with the success of this operation and the news traveling world-wide there is no doubt someone will step up to the plate and chip in for further research and studies.
With this being said, we have to wonder what is next as we know doctors have only begun to look deeper into this discovery. Could this be the answer for many other ailments? Could 3D printing technology change the world by 2020. With so many questions left unanswered we will be keep an ear closer to the ground, listening for any more ground breaking technologies.