The first cochlear implant program in Africa was established at Tygerberg Academic Hospital of Stellenbosch University. Under the leadership of Professor Derrick Wagenfeld (ENT surgeon) and Lida Müller (Audiologist), the first multichannel cochlear implant was performed at Tygerberg Hospital on an adult on 4 November 1986. In 1988 the first child in South Africa received a cochlear implant.
Since then, we have carried out over 1,000 cochlear implant operations and have more than 800 implant recipients. The youngest children were implanted at the age of 4 months and the oldest adult recipient in our programme is over 90 years of age.
Our team offers a seamless service to all individuals and their families affected by hearing loss, including infants, children, adolescents and adults who are considering, or who have received cochlear implants.