Audiology

Around 466 Million people Worldwide have disabling hear loss & 34 million of these are children. Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to loudness and ageing. 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes (www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheet/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss)

One of the main aspects of hearing loss is on the individual’s ability to communicate with others. Spoken language development is often delayed in children with unaddressed hearing loss. It leads to adverse academic performance, increased rate of grade failures and greater need for education assistance. It has social, emotional as well as economic impact.

Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad offers comprehensive diagnosis of hearing loss, dizziness, vertigo and Tinnitus. Counselling on coping strategies for hearing loss & balance disorders and management solutions. Our team constitutes a highly specialized Consultant Audiologist with experience (USA & Canada) and supporting staff dedicated to helping you overcome your hearing and balance challenges.

We provide individualized attention aimed at helping our patients function happily and effectively in their day-to-day lives. Our satisfaction comes from the joy our patients feel when they hear better and can once again connect with friends, family, and the world around them. Each person’s hearing loss, listening needs, and preferences are different. You can count on our Audiology professionals to take the time necessary to understand your specific needs and concerns. Our patient centric approach towards individual treatment ensures the best hearing healthcare services.

Presbycusis:

The most common type of sensorineural hearing loss is caused by aging 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 ears) may occur in one or both ears

Ototoxicity:

Some medicines can adversely affect inner ear function, cause damage to cochlea and vestibular system and cause hearing loss and balance disorders.

Hearing evaluation

One to one 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 comprehensive hearing assessments based upon age of 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.

Hearing Solutions

Audiologists at Shifa International Hospital prescribe hearing solutions, strategies to deal with hearing challenges, monitoring of 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 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 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 trouble shooting of 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 individual’s hearing assessment. Alerting device services Alerting devices improve the ability to recognize fire alert sounds such as door bell, fire alarm etc. this include devices such as Amplified phone, flashing Light, Doorbell, knock and intercom etc. Please consult Audiology clinic for your individual needs.

Pre Assessment Cochlear implants

During the cochlear implant process, a pre-implant assessment is necessary to determine whether individual is a candidate for cochlear transplant or not. Assessment is carried out by our consultant audiologist who is in close coordination with multi- disciplinary team for a detail 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/counselor, social worker, neuropsychologist, and developmental pediatrician.

Dr. Syed Sajjad
MBBS, M.S., Au. D (USA)
Board Certified in Audiology (USA)
Consultant Audiologist