Improved counseling by elucidating causes of hearing impairment
Dr. Ronald Pennings (1975) is a staff otolaryngologist at the department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen the Netherlands.
He obtained his medical degree (MD) from the Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2001 with honors (cum laude). He was able to obtain a personal AGIKO grant from ZON MW and this created the possibility to combine research and his residency training in otorhinolaryngology. After writing his thesis on hereditary deafblindness, he obtained his Physician’s degree (PhD) from the Radboud University in 2004 with honors. In 2008, he fulfilled his otorhinolaryngology training and obtained his MSRC registration. In order to improve his research and surgical skills he then moved to Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) for an Otology-Neurotology Fellowship, supported by a grant from the Niels Stensen stichting. After this year abroad, he returned to Nijmegen as staff otolaryngologist at the Radboud university medical center and obtained a personal Klinisch Fellowship grant from ZON MW in order to combine research and care . He now is specialized as ear surgeon and involved in tertiary care of ear- & hearing-related problems, including (pediatric) cochlear implantation.
His patient-participatory research is focused on hereditary hearing loss and deafblindness (Usher syndrome in particular). He chairs the division Hearing & Genes within the department, an expertise center for hereditary hearing loss that is acknowledged by the Health Ministry of the Dutch government. He has written more than 80 international peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters. He is member of several international Otologic societies, including the Politzer Society and EAONO and part of the annual Sheffield temporal bone course faculty. He is board member of the Dutch-Flemish Working Group for Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and the NGO AfriKNO.nl. In addition, he is member of the advisory council of two patient organizations: SWODB (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek DoofBlindheid) and Ushersyndroom.nl.