As part of its activities to promote health in the state, Ten people- three women, two men and five children- have regained their hearing following a free cochlear implant sponsored by the Lagos State government, and the surgery was conducted by the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) team of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces a damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear replaces the damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain. For Rufai Nureni, 55, and a computer operator, the oldest recipient of the free cochlear implant, who lost his hearing 15 years ago, the day he received the cochlear transplant was significant, He recalled: “The gradual loss started on September 2001 and I finally lost my hearing on September 21, 2001. But the restoration process started and ended this year. I can hear the ‘Call to prayer’ bell, the ringing of my handset. The falling of items, I can say for the first time I am enjoying the government. I have no political affiliation. I heard about the programme, applied and was selected. I am really grateful to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode,” Nureni said. The head of the surgical team, Dr Wale Olubi said the feat brought out the best in the team. “It was an eye-opener. We did not feel we could lose any patient. It only took us more time to do that which we could do, because we were trying to master the equipment,” he said.