Dr. Artur Lorens

Artur Lorens, Head of the Department of Auditory Implant and Perception of World Hearing Centre of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing , Warsaw, Poland.

What is your day-to-day work like? How do you help improve or save people's lives through your work? My work is divided into four main parts: firstly, research (both clinical and applied) to document the effectiveness of medical technologies and identify how we can improve the outcomes for different groups of patients through certain devices. Secondly, I have direct consultations with patients through my work at the clinic. At the Centre we run one of the biggest Auditory Implant programs in the world having the largest globally group of patients under our care. I take on some of the most difficult cases and I aim to improve fitting of auditory implants on patients in order to achieve the best outcomes for them. Thirdly, education: I teach clinical engineering and hearing science at the university. Finally, naturally, my work also entails a lot of paperwork. What do you think are the top three challenges facing the healthcare system and your profession in particular? I think that the following three challenges are equally important to the healthcare system and to my profession: costs, lack of awareness and lack of education. The cost of new technologies is a constant struggle to the system. This is true for the different groups of patients, including completely and partially deaf people as well. Over 360 million people suffer from hearing disabilities worldwide, many of whom are from low income countries. They often do not get to benefit from the latest technologies. There is also a lack of awareness about new technologies among different healthcare professionals. We will need to equip more specialties with the knowledge about these technologies and spread this knowledge further in other clinical jobs. The technologies we have are powerful, but they are also complex. We will need to educate healthcare professionals on...