According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 466 Million People Worldwide suffer from hearing loss. From this lot, over & 34 million people are children where 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes. Hearing loss could be due to genetic causes, complications at birth or certain infectious diseases. Some cases are also seen where chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to loudness, and ageing is to blame.
One of the main aspects of hearing loss is the individual’s ability to communicate with others. Due to unaddressed hearing loss children often face delayed spoken language development. It halts academic performance, leading to an increased rate of grade failures, and a greater need for education assistance. Eventually building up social, emotional as well as economic impacts.
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Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad offers a comprehensive diagnosis of hearing loss, dizziness, vertigo and Tinnitus. Counselling on coping strategies for hearing loss & balance disorders and management solutions. Our team is comprised of a highly specialized Consultant Audiologist with successive experience (USA & Canada) and a supporting staff dedicated to helping you overcome your hearing and balance challenges.
We provide special attention aimed at helping our patients function effectively in their day-to-day lives. Our satisfaction derives from the relief our patients go through when they hear better. The moment they once again connect with their loved ones and the world around them. Everyone’ hearing needs are different from others. You can rely on our Audiology professionals to take the time and understand your specific concerns. Our patient-oriented approach towards individual treatment ensures the best hearing healthcare services.
Exclusive consultation with the Consultant Audiologist to understand the challenges of hearing difficulties, type and severity of hearing loss, underlying cause and possible treatment/management solutions.
Shifa Audiology Clinic provides thorough age-based hearing assessments for child/adults to identify and diagnose a hearing and balance disorder. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, history of sudden or constant loud noise exposure, use of Ototoxic medications for cancer therapy and kidney diseases are known to cause hearing loss.
Audiologists at Shifa International Hospital prescribe hearing solutions and strategies to deal with hearing challenges, monitoring hearing loss in chronic conditions. The solutions are based upon the degree of hearing loss, word discrimination ability, speech understanding in the presence of background noise and intolerance to loud sounds, cognition and dexterity to handle hearing aids in Seniors (Age 60 & above). It involves a preferred style of hearing aids, technology and features addressing hearing issues. There’s also an in house, live demonstration of amplification in order to select the most appropriate hearing instrument/solution to satisfy an individual’s needs.
Hearing aids Programming
Shifa Audiology Clinic offers programming of digital hearing aids of major manufacturers with follow up services. It also offers to troubleshoot hearing aids from major manufacturers.
Assistive listening devices and alerting devices
Shifa Audiology Clinic offers consultations for assistive listening and alerting devices to help individuals with hearing disability lead a normal and fuller life. These devices are prescribed by our consultant audiologist after thorough examination and evaluation of an individual’s hearing assessment. Alerting device services Alerting devices improve the ability to recognize fire alert sounds such as the doorbell, fire alarm etc. this includes devices such as Amplified phone, flashing Light, Doorbell, knock and intercom etc. Please consult the Audiology clinic for your individual needs.
Pre Assessment Cochlear implants
During the cochlear implant process, a pre-implant assessment is necessary to determine whether an individual is a candidate for a cochlear transplant or not. Assessment is carried out by our consultant audiologist who is in close coordination with a multi-disciplinary team for a detailed assessment which includes Ear, Nose, & Throat (ENT) Physician/surgeon, nurse, and speech-language pathologist. The team may also involve other specialists such as an early interventionist, educational specialist, psychologist/counsellor, social worker, neuropsychologist, and developmental paediatrician.
The most common type of sensorineural hearing loss is caused by the ageing of the auditory system. It is generally experienced by one in 3 people, age 60 years & above and has a gradual onset.
The most common symptoms are:
Speech of others sounds muffled or slurred
High pitch sounds, such as “s” or “h” or “th” are hard to distinguish
Conversations are difficult to follow especially in the presence of background noise
Men’s voices are easier to hear than women’s
Some sounds seem very loud and annoying
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) may occur in one or both ears
Some medicines can adversely affect inner ear function, cause damage to the cochlea and vestibular system and cause hearing loss and balance disorders.
Dr. Syed Sajjad Ahmad
MBBS, M.S., Au. D (USA)
Board Certified in Audiology (USA)
Dr. Sajjad is a graduate of the Audiology Program from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA. He obtained a Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T.S.U., Arizona, USA. Dr. Sajjad is a Registered/ Board Certified Audiologist and has practiced for 15 years in the USA and Canada. He is also a faculty member at, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada, and a mentor for the Hearing Practitioners Program at Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
His areas of expertise are Diagnosis of hearing Loss, Dizziness, Tinnitus, and providing hearing solutions. Counseling, Prescription, and Programming of digital hearing aids and Cochlear Implants.