The Audiology & Speech therapy unit in the hospital provides consultation and services related to the treatment of hearing disorders including hearing loss for age groups of 5 years and above. Hearing disorders involve partial or total inability to hear. It ranges from a deaf person with no ability to hear to others who face partial inability to hear from both or one of the ears.
Hearing loss can occur due to a variety of factors including:
• Congenital deformities
• Continuous exposure to noise from work related activities
• Constant usage of headphones with recreational exposure to loud sounds
• Some types of acute ear infections
• Ear trauma as a result of accidents or injuries
Hearing loss in different forms can affect both children and adults – ability to learn languages in the case of children and to a feeling of loneliness in some elderly people.
Most hearing impairment conditions can be identified by consulting ear doctor and conducting proper audiology diagnostic ear tests and analyzing the results for follow-up treatment.
Services we offer
The audiology department provides the required acoustic facilities and modern instruments conduct the following diagnostic ear tests and services. The modern soundproof audiology room is designed to provide a relaxing atmosphere for the patient and staff for conducting sensitive audiometry ear tests.
• Pure tone audiometry (PTA) – Pure tone audiometry is a hearing test used to determine the presence or absence of hearing loss. If hearing loss is present, the audiologist will be able to determine both type and degree of hearing loss.
• Speech audiometry – This is a diagnostic hearing test designed to test word or speech recognition. It has become a fundamental tool in hearing loss assessment. In conjunction with pure-tone audiometry, it can aid in determining the degree and type of hearing loss.
• Special ear tests – SISI, TDT: Short increment sensitivity index test (SISI) is a behavioral hearing test used to determine differential sensitivity to changes in loudness which generally occurs with the cochlear hearing loss. Tone Decay Test (TDT) is also a behavioral hearing test that evaluates defects in adaptation to sounds, formally known as auditory fatigue–tone decay.
• Tympanometry & Reflexometry: These tests show how the eardrum reacts to varying air pressure in the ear canal. Along with the PTA test, this is the most commonly used method of testing pathologies in the middle ear, the mobility of the Tympanic Membrane or the eardrum.
• Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) testing – The primary function of the Eustachian tube is to ventilate the middle ear space, ensuring that its pressure remains at near normal environmental air pressure. An example of ETD is the feeling some people have in the ears at higher altitudes, for example, during the take-off or landing of an aircraft.
• Otoacoustic emission (OAE) – OAE testing is the recording of sounds that the ear produces itself.
• Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA) – This test in conjunction with other audiology investigations provides information regarding auditory function and sensitivity of the eardrum.
• Hearing aid trial – After conducting the required audiology tests, each patient will be given a detailed and personal counseling session and recommendation of appropriate hearing instruments/hearing aids for the individual.
• Dispensing of digital hearing aids: We also assist you in the purchase of the hearing aids and provide education on its best usage.
The services of a team of qualified audiology department is offered from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM on all working days from Monday to Saturday.
Please dial 0484-2807277 or 0484- 2807288 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on all working days for an appointment.