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04/Jan/2021

Prof. Piotr Henryk Skarżyński, M.D., Ph.D., MSc., Deputy Head of the Department of Teleaudiology and Screening at the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, was elected by the Senate Resolution of December 23, 2020 to a the University Council of the Maria Grzegorzewska University as a member from non- Academy community.

Apart from prof. Piotr Skarżyński, two other members from non- Academy and three from the Academy community were elected.


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16/Oct/2020

On 16th of October 2014 the Center of Voice for Professionals was established in Warsaw. Six years have passed since its opening. The summary of these past six years was made by prof. Agata Szkiełkowska, MD, PhD, otolaryngologist, audiologist and phoniatrist as well as the head of the facility. She also explained why working on the voice is so important.

Let us recall that the Center of Voice for Professionals is a facility that offers comprehensive medical care to people for whom voice is a working tool. It is the first such a place in Poland. The team of specialists working in the center brings together otolaryngologists, audiologists, phoniatres, speech therapists, psychologists, voice therapists and physiotherapists who provide patients with diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation services. In other words, their task is to fully protect and treat patients’ voices in a multi-faceted manner.

October 16th marks the sixth anniversary of the Center of  for Professionals in Warsaw. How do you evaluate the functioning of this facility over the last 6 years?

AS: In fact, the inspiration to create the Center of Voice for Professionals were the patients themselves. They work with their voice on a daily basis, and in fact they gave us the impulse to organize a center that would provide them with professional help and comprehensive care. From the perspective of the last 6 years, I think it was a great idea. And it is not only my subjective opinion, but mainly the opinions of patients who are very pleased that there is a place where they can always obtain this help and comprehensive care. We often act as an ambulance, because help must be given immediately, here and now, often just before a concert, performance or other event requiring good communication skills. This brings us many nervous moments, but also a lot of satisfaction, because our actions are effective.

Who are your patients most often?

Artists constitute 90% of our patients. Among them, vocalists from the entertainment industry as well as classical music performers dominate. Famous Polish actors and politicians are another quite numerous group. A large group of patients are teachers, lecturers, translators, as well as students and students of music schools. They are the main beneficiaries of our services.

There are more and more patients. Paradoxically, from the point of view of our patients the fact that the facility is small is a great asset. That is because our center often helps patients who are very recognizable people. Not always you would like to share with others about your voice disorder that could indicate a dysfunction or indisposition. That is why we usually see patients for an hour and we really care about the intimacy a lot. Thanks to it, the patients can share and address their problems only to the doctor, in the comfortable and closed office.

What about those who use their voice less often in their work? Should they also care about their voice?

AS: Yes, definitely yes. In the past, the voice and the need to train it was associated with professions where it is actually used on a daily basis. Today, however, correct communication and verbal communication are often a measure of the professional success. We have to present ourselves well not only visually, but also in interpersonal contacts. We need to have a nice voice, we need to know how to speak. It is extremely important now. The circle of interest outside of a strictly professional groups is getting wider. Our patients are also people who work in large corporations, receptionists, Call Center employees, i.e., again, those for whom the voice is a tool in their daily work. Generally speaking, the people who use it on a daily basis should take care of the voice, that is, in fact – each of us. Voice is the most important element in our daily communication. It has an extremely large social and communication dimension, i.e. it performs this basic social function. Do not forget that the voice is an individual trait that changes with the aging of the whole body. And yet, our lives are now getting longer, what reflects the fact that we want to be more and more active not only in life, but also professionally and we want to use our voice correctly.

However, probably not everyone is aware of the need to take care of the voice.

AS: It’s true. In my opinion, nowadays unfortunately, this awareness is not high enough. Of course, it is much better among people who work with the voice. That is obvious. However, there is very little awareness in society, what is a pity because many diseases could have been avoided if the level of its awareness had been higher. Sooner or later, neglecting the voice will take revenge on us, because a number of diseases in the voice organ is related to the action. So, for example, the ubiquitous stress that surrounds us, in a moment will take its toll. Over the last decade, I have already observed an avalanche of psychogenic, stress-related and rush-related functional disorders in our everyday life. And, unfortunately, we will reap even more of it in a moment. And in the era of Covid, the associated stress and fear “of tomorrow”, the incidence rate of this type of disease will increase. Therefore, it is worth to start taking care of your voice as soon as possible.


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05/May/2020

Scientific publication co-authored by Prof. Piotr Henryk Skarżyński, M.D., Ph.D., MSc., Member of the Board of the Center of Hearing and Speech “Medincus”, entitled: Audiological and clinical outcomes of a transcutaneous bone conduction hearing implant: Six-month results from a multicentre study was recognized by the foreign scientific library- Wiley Online Library- as one of the most frequently read scientific papers in 2018-2019. The paper was among the most recognised, i.e. read and downloaded articles in 2018 and 2019.  It is a great honor, reflecting the significant contribution of published research and achievements to world medicine, as well as recognition and respect from the academic community. Professor Piotr H. Skarżyński has published 920 scientific papers , including 62 chapters, in prestigious foreign and domestic journals. These papers have been quoted 1753 times (according to Google Scholar), 993 (according to Scopus), and have achieved high, outstanding in the scientific community,  citation rates at the level of: Impact Factor – 174.04, Index Copernicus – 47,504.96 and scientific points of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education – 9709.


16/Mar/2020

Due to the epidemiological situation regarding the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, the National Health Fund and the Chief Sanitary Inspector, we provide the most important information to patients of the Center of Hearing and Speech MEDINCUS.


In accordance with the epidemiological safety procedures at the Center of Hearing and Speech MEDINCUS, we try to limit scheduled visits, we contact patients and postpone the dates of medical visits and specialized inhalations.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR A VISIT

Contraindications for visits in our Center are as follows:

  • being abroad in the last 14 days,
  • symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing problems.

Patients with the above-mentioned contraindications will not be admitted.


Stay at home, if you have symptoms of severe cold or flu, contact the National Health Fund (NFZ) at phone number: 800 190 590. The National Health Fund Coronavirus Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PATIENTS VISITING THE CENTER OF HEARING AND SPEECH

  • Please wash and disinfect your hands before and after the visit.
  • Only one person is allowed at the registration desk.
  • Please use cashless payment methods.
  • Please keep a safe distance from other patients (min. 1 m).
  • Only patients without accompanying persons may enter the doctor’s room (except visits with a child, a disabled person or an elderly person).
  • We ask guardians not to leave their children without supervision at the clinic premises.
  • Please follow the rules when sneezing and coughing (when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or handkerchief – throw the handkerchief into a closed basket as soon as possible and wash your hands using soap and water or disinfect them).
  • Please limit the time spent in the clinic to the minimum.

 

HOSPITAL
Scheduled surgeries are carried out on the set dates. A clinic employee after an epidemiological interview confirms the date one day before the surgery. Patients coming to the Clinic for the surgery must be healthy and do not have any contact with people with signs of infection within the previous 14 days. 

VISITING PATIENTS
Until further notice, all visits of patients in the hospital ward are prohibited. Exception: children and disabled patients – one healthy guardian is allowed.

 

Thank you for your understanding, please keep up with our announcements.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Medincus call center at phone number +48 666 333 222.  

 


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27/Feb/2020

World Hearing Center in Kajetany performed the first  surgery of a pioneering active bone conduction implant in Poland – BONEBRIDGE BCI 602. It was conducted on 27th of February 2020 by Prof. Henryk Skarżyński and his team, including Prof. Piotr H. Skarżyński. The operation has started a new era in the treatment of various hearing impairments occurring within the outer and middle ear. The new implant gives an opportunity to improve hearing in many cases, including in patients after various unsuccessful ear surgeries performed earlier.

The biggest asset and advantage of the BCI 602 BONEBRIDGE implant is its size. Unlike its predecessor BCI 601, the BCI 602 implant is dedicated to a wider group of patients in whom the device could not be implanted due to anatomical reasons (too thin bones, too small a mastoid part of the temporal bone, other congenital deformities).

The implant that was implanted in Kajetany is a great step forward in the treatment of hearing loss. It provides an excellent quality of hearing, just like the previous model, but thanks to its smaller size it can also be used in children, says Prof. Piotr H. Skarżyński, member of the operating team.

The BONEBRIDGE BCI 602 system uses the phenomenon of bone conduction, which transmits a sound signal through the bones of the skull directly to the cochlea. The device consists of two parts: the external – the speech processor and the internal, completely hidden under the patient’s skin. This system is an effective solution for people with permanent hearing loss after various types of outer and middle ear surgeries, with developmental defects of the outer and / or middle ear, in patients with congenital microtia and / or atresia of the external auditory canal. It is also an option for people with single-sided deafness.

A specific group are the youngest patients, for whom the use of a new implant is an opportunity for proper and normal hearing and speech development. The BCI 602 BONEBRIDGE offers a number of advantages for patients. First of all, it is a possibility to perform MRI at 1.5 Tesla field without reoperation, intact skin – no skin irritation.  Thus, apart from the cosmetic aspect by placing the implant completely under the skin, it has a specific, important medical aspect. It is known thay the use of implants that do not damage the skin results in a negligible rate of postoperative complications and does not block the external auditory canal. The implantation procedure does not require any further surgical intervention, as all parts of the system to be replaced are located in the external sound microprocessor. In addition, placing the quavering transducer completely under the skin allows the patient for a great freedom of use. Due to the fact that the power and electronics are located in the external part, it will be possible to replace them with newer ones even after many years of use. The system can still be improved without any surgical intervention.

The connection of the speech microprocessor and the activation of the system can take place just after a few weeks from the operation. The operating parameters of the device are set by computer based on the results of audiological diagnostics and according to the individual needs of the user. Advanced digital technology used in the processor allows it to be adjusted in such a way as to provide the user with the best speech understanding and obtain the most natural sound in various acoustic situations. Due to its small size and availability in different colours, it is an extremely discreet solution.

 


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