Audiology

Communication is the axis around which human behavior and development revolves. The Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (ASLP, deals with the normal and pathological communication sciences across the life span.

Communication sciences are a broad area covering aspects such as Hearing, Balance, Speech, Language and Scholastic performance.

The services offered go beyond the boundaries of pathologies and even assist individuals in excelling in normal communication. The application of this discipline also extends to swallowing related challenges.

Highlights

The department strives hard to provide early identification, evaluation and rehabilitation of speech, communication hearing and feeding difficulties for children , adults and old age patients. We work on a patient centric multidisciplinary approach to augments the patient’s quality of life.

Department of Audiology

The Newborn Hearing Screening Program
The Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP) aims to identify permanent childhood hearing impairment in newborn babies. The Program automatically offers all parents, the opportunity to have their baby's hearing tested shortly after birth. Early identification, via this program, gives babies a better ‘life chance' of developing speech and language skills and of making the most of social and emotional interaction from an early age.
OAE (Oto Acoustic Emission testing)

OAE is an ear specific hearing assessment, using a small ear insert. The test can determine if the cochlea is functioning properly. The test is very quick and gives the result immediately, although it can be difficult to get a response if the baby is unsettled at the time of the test or if there is any fluid in the ear.

Play Audiogram
Ear specific hearing assessment with headphones, child responds using elements of play.
Click ABR (Auditory brainstem response)
This is an ear specific hearing assessment, using a small ear insert. This test can determine if the cochlea and the nerve of hearing are functioning properly. It can take a while to gather the test information. The child must be asleep during testing.
Pure Tone Audiometry
Ear specific hearing assessments done in a sound treated room, using ear phones, patient responds using a response button

Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Assessments
Evaluations are important to determine the type, severity, cause, and treatment plan for individuals with communication disorders. The assessments include the collection of case history information (medical, educational, psycho-social histories), administration of standardized and non-standardized tests of communication behaviors, and examinations of the speech and hearing mechanisms.
Treatments/ Therapy
Recommendations for therapy services and/or referrals to other professionals are made based on the diagnostic assessment.
Dept. of SLP serves people of all ages with speech, language, swallowing or hearing disorders, differences, or delays, including:
  • Children with speech and language delays and disorders.
  • Children or adults with stuttering (stammering) or cluttering.
  • Children or adults with misarticulations.
  • Children or adults with voice disorders.
  • Children or adults with communication disorders due to cerebral palsy, stroke, cancer, brain injury, chronic ear infections, congenital or acquired hearing loss.
  • Swallowing disorders in children and adults

Technology & Infrastructure

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OAE Screener: OtoReadTM

OAE: The new OtoReadTM combines fast and comprehensive DPOAE and TEOAE testing of newborn babies, children and adults in an easy to use, handheld device.

Whether your testing protocols call for transient evoked or distortion product otoacoustic emissions testing, OtoReadTM provides the optimal solution. It can be used for a simple screening or for a more detailed assessment in diagnostic mode, testing across a wide range of frequencies.

DPOAE &/or TEOAE
  • User programmable protocols
  • Modern cradle for storage, charging & data transfer
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Audiometry

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An audiometry exam tests how well your hearing functions. It tests both the intensity and the tone of sounds, balance issues, and other issues related to the function of the inner ear. A doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing loss called an audiologist administers the test.

The unit of measure for sound intensity is the decibel (dB). A healthy human ear can hear quiet sounds such as whispers. These are about 20 dB. A loud sound such as a jet engine is between 140 and 180 dB.

The tone of a sound is measured in cycles per second. The unit of measure for tone is Hertz (Hz). Low bass tones measure around 50 Hz. Humans can hear tones between 20-20,000 Hz. Human speech generally falls in the 500-3,000 Hz range.

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FAQs
Why screen my baby’s hearing?
Newborns are offered a few routine health checks in the first few weeks of life. This will include a hearing screening test. One to two babies in every 1000 are born with a hearing loss in one or both ears. It is not easy to identify that a young baby has a hearing loss. The hearing screening test will allow those babies who do have a hearing loss to be identified early. Early identification is known to be significant for the development of the child. It also means that support and information can be provided to parents at an early stage. It is important to screen all babies, even if no-one in your family has a hearing loss.
What does the newborn hearing screening test involve?
Your baby will be offered the hearing screening test within the first few days of life. The hearing screening test is usually carried out by a hearing screener or before they leave hospital.
When will I get the results of the hearing screening test and what do they mean?
The results will be given to you at the time of the screening test. If you have any concerns or questions about your baby’s results speak to the hearing screener.
Children can develop or acquire a hearing loss later on so it is important to check your child’s hearing as they grow up. Even if your baby gets a clear response from their hearing screening test, you can use two checklists to help you assess the development of their hearing; ‘Reactions to sounds checklist’ and ‘Making sounds checklist’.
If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing you can discuss them with your health visitor or family doctor. Your child’s hearing can be tested at any age.
Why does my baby need a second hearing screening test and what does it involve?

If the screening test does not show a clear response from one or both ears, your baby will need a second hearing screening test. A lot of babies need to have a second screening test and this doesn’t necessarily mean that your baby has a hearing loss. Some common reasons, other than hearing loss, for having a second hearing screening test are:

  • Your baby may have been unsettled at the time of screening.
  • Your baby may have fluid or a temporary blockage in their ear after the birth. This is very common and will pass with time.

Most babies are found to have no hearing loss after the second screening test but it is still important that your baby has the second screen. This is because babies who have a hearing loss will usually react to some sounds. If your baby does have a hearing loss it is important to find out as soon as possible.

I have been told my baby has a hearing loss. What does this mean and where can i get further information and support?
Parents and families may have many questions when they find out their baby has a hearing loss. Each baby’s hearing loss will be different and your audiologist will be able to explain the sounds your baby can hear and which sounds it may be difficult for them to hear.
You may be told that your baby has a mild hearing loss. This means that your baby’s hearing is slightly below the level considered normal. Your baby has a good degree of useful hearing but may have difficulty hearing quieter sounds.