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Hearing Aid Department

What Is Audiology?

Audiology is the study of hearing and its problems. An Audiologist measures a person’s hearing. Diagnosis hearing loss and prescribes a suitable hearing aid whenever necessary. He/she may also be involved in auditory rehabilitation of hearing impaired children and adults. Hearing screening, noise measurement may also be part of an Audiologist’s job requirement. Audiologists assess the extent of hearing loss, balance and related disorders and recommend appropriate treatment.
These services are provided to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and persons at risk if hearing loss due to noise exposure, genetic causes or middle ear infections. Audiologists also work with children and adults who need aural rehabilitation, such as auditory training and speech reading and educate parents and professionals on the preventions of hearing loss. They provide information and training on al aspects of hearing and balance to other professions including psychology, counseling, rehabilitation and education.
  Audiology Related Disorder.

  • Outer ear disorders.
  • Middle ear pathology.
  • Cochlear/retrocochlear pathology.
  • Auditory dyssychrony.
  • Central auditory processing disorders.
  • Aural amplification devices.
  • Auditory verbal therapy.
  • Cochlear Implant.

Types Of Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing loss.

Any problem in the outer or middle ear that prevents the ear from conducting sound properly is known as a conductive hearing loss,Conductive losses are usually mild or moderate in nature, causing hearing losses of up to about 60 or 70 decibels. In some cases, conductive hearing losses can be temporary. In many cases, medication or surgery can help, depending on the specific cause of the problem.Conductive hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids.

Sensor neural Hearing loss.

A problem in the cochlea (inner ear) can cause sensor neural hearing loss. Sensor neural hearing loss results from missing or damaged sensory cells (hair cells) in the cochlea and is usually permanent. Also known as “nerve deafness”, sensor neural hearing loss can be mild, moderate, severe or profound. Surgical procedures cannot cure sensor neural hearing loss. Medication may be helpful in some cases. Mild to severe sensor neural hearing loss can usually be helped with hearing aids. Severe or profound hearing loss can usually be helped with cochlear implants.

Neural Hearing Loss.

A problem that results in the absence of or damage to the auditory nerve can cause a neural hearing loss. Neural hearing loss is a profound hearing loss and is permanent. Hearing aids and cochlear implants cannot help, because the nerve is not able to pass on enough sound information to the brain. An auditory brainstem implant (ABI) may help in some cases.