To see a slideshow/recap of the event, click here.
SEATTLE, Sept. 26, 2012 - Swedish Medical Center and Douglas Backous, M.D., medical director of the Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, will host the world’s first live-instagrammed and live-tweeted cochlear implant (hearing restoration) surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time (PT).
The live-instagrammed, live-tweeted surgery will provide the general public and those with hearing loss a unique opportunity to see inside an operating room while a cochlear implant surgery is taking place, with the patient’s permission.
The live surgery will be narrated on Twitter and can be viewed by following @Swedish or by using the hash tag #SwedishHear, where the Instagram photos will be shared.
The live surgery is part of Swedish’s month-long web series on hearing loss. Since Sept. 11, Swedish has been releasing videos discussing hearing loss and cochlear implant surgery at www.swedish.org/SwedishHear. All videos feature optional close captioning.
The web series culminates in two live, text-based chats on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (PT) that will be led by Dr. Backous, a patient and other medical professionals. The chat will provide the public with the opportunity to submit questions and interact with these leading hearing-loss experts, as well as view footage from a cochlear implant surgery. The chats will take place at www.swedish.org/SwedishHear.
WHO: Dr. Douglas Backous and the Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle.
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. PT
WHY: Swedish developed the live-instagrammed, live-tweeted surgery and the web video series to increase awareness of cochlear implant surgery as a treatment option for hearing loss, to show the public that this life-changing surgery is available, increase awareness that people who are deaf can have the ability to hear, and add to the resources available for those who are deaf or have hearing loss.
WHERE: On Twitter by following @Swedish or using the hash tag #SwedishHear. You can also find links and the entire video series on the web at www.swedish.org/swedishhear.
MEDIA NOTE: To interview Dr. Backous about the live-instagrammed and live-tweeted cochlear implant surgery, or the entire educational web series, contact 206-998-5028, firstname.lastname@example.org or James McIntosh at 206-838-9230, email@example.com.
- To read the transcript of - and see photos from - a related stoy that KING Television (Channel 5, NBC) posted Oct. 2 on their web site, click here.