Services

Newborn Hearing Screening

Newborn hearing screening test helps identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible. This allows parents to get the support and advice they need right from the beginning.

The test conducted is called the Otoacoustic Emission (OAE). It takes just a few minutes. A small soft-tipped earpiece is placed in your baby’s ear and gentle clicking sounds are played. If the first test conducted is a refer it does not always mean your baby has permanent hearing loss.

A diagnostic test will give more detailed information. They will not hurt or be uncomfortable for your baby, and you’ll be able to stay with them while the tests are done.

Paediatric Diagnostic Hearing Tests

Pediatric diagnostic hearing tests are a vital component of early childhood healthcare, focused on assessing the auditory system and development of infants, toddlers, and young children. These specialised tests are designed to identify potential hearing impairments or disorders in the youngest members of our population, as hearing plays a fundamental role in a child’s cognitive, social, and linguistic development.

Visual reinforcement audiology (VRA) measures hearing sensitivity in infants and young toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years. While the child sits upright on a parent or caregiver's lap in our soundproof room, our paediatric audiologist will play a tone in your childs ear. At first, our audiologist lights up the boxes in conjunction with the sound. This "trains" the child to respond by shifting his or her eyes or turning his or her head toward the sound source. Once a child understands what to do, our audiologist can "reward" the child by briefly delaying the visual stimuli.

 

During the test, the audiologist reduces the intensity of both the sound and the stimuli until the child's minimum hearing threshold is reached. Testing continues using different frequencies until a complete set of data about your child's hearing in both ears is completed.

Conditioned play audiometry (CPA) is used to test the hearing of very young toddlers and preschoolers. CPA uses behavioural conditioning to get kids to respond to sounds. It is designed for children between 2 and 5 years of age.

 

CPA makes a game out of the hearing test by replacing the feedback device with activity-related toys such as blocks or pegs.

CPA measures hearing sensitivity to determine both a child's type and degree of hearing loss.

Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) are low-intensity sound waves produced in the inner ear. In a healthy ear, outer hair cells on the cochlea will "echo" acoustic stimuli. An otoacoustic emissions test is an effective screening method used to assess hearing in newborns as well as those children who are not able to follow instruction and limited speech and language. The OAE test is quick and painless and provides the Audiologist with immediate results.

Despite normal peripheral hearing sensitivity and intelligence, children and adults with auditory processing disorder (APD) have an inability or decreased ability to attend, discriminate, recognize or comprehend auditory information. Individuals with APD also have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise, and following spoken instructions.

 

During the APD evaluation, a battery of tests designed to assess auditory processing abilities is administered to evaluate, diagnose and formulate intervention strategies for persons suspected of having auditory processing disorders. The specific tests selected depend on the age of the child, the referring complaint, test reliability and validity, and the specific auditory process assessed by each test.

School-based hearing tests are an important tool in identifying children with hearing loss who may not have been identified at birth, lost to follow-up, or who developed hearing loss later.

 

These screenings are typically conducted in schools and aim to detect hearing impairments early on, allowing for timely intervention and support for affected students.

 

It is important to note that school-based hearing screenings are not meant to replace comprehensive hearing evaluations by audiologists, which provide a more in-depth assessment of a child's hearing abilities.

If a child fails the school-based hearing screening, they may be referred for further evaluation.

Adult Diagnostic Hearing Tests

A diagnostic hearing test is a procedure used to determine the presence and extent of hearing loss. There are various types of diagnostic hearing tests that can be conducted:
  • Pure-tone audiometry: This test measures an individual’s hearing thresholds at different frequencies. It involves wearing headphones and responding to tones of different volumes and frequencies.
  • Speech audiometry: This test evaluates an individual’s ability to understand speech at different volumes. It may include tasks such as repeating words or sentences.
  • Tympanometry: This test measures the movement of the eardrum in response to changes in air pressure. It helps assess the condition of the middle ear and can provide information about issues such as eustachian tube dysfunction or fluid in the middle ear.

Industrial Audiology

Industrial audiology is a branch of audiology that we are very passionate about. It focuses on the prevention, identification, and management of hearing loss and other hearing-related issues in the workplace.
Our professionally trained audiologists work with employers in various industries and can assist your company with the following:
This involves measuring and evaluating the levels of noise in the workplace to identify potential hazards and assess the risk of hearing damage.
Audiometric tests to assess the hearing of workers, including baseline hearing evaluations and annual follow-up tests to monitor changes in hearing over time as well as exit hearing tests before the employee leaves the company.
Our audiologists can assist employers to select and implement custom noise protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs, and ensure that workers are adequately trained in their use.
We play an important role in educating workers and management on the importance of hearing conservation and developing safe work practices.
We can manage and evaluate hearing conservation programs to ensure that they are effective and comply with relevant regulations and standards.

Specialised Audiology Services

01.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
A hearing aid evaluation is a comprehensive assessment conducted by our audiologists to determine if a person would benefit from using a hearing aid.
02.
Hearing Aid Service & Repairs

We offer in house hearing aid cleaning as well as annual servicing and repairs of hearing aids, which are done via the manufacturer.

03.
Wax Management
Water irrigation is the technique we use to remove excessive earwax buildup. This procedure involves using a syringe or a specialized irrigator to flush warm water, with the aim of dislodging and removing the wax.
04.
Lifestyle Ear Solutions

We offer a wide range of custom lifestyle ear solutions which include but are not limited to Noise Bans, Swim Plugs, Sleep Plugs, In ear monitors.

Let us help you on your journey to hear life better

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