Audiology - Suburban Diagnostics

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Audiology is the study of hearing.

In medical terms, it is the branch of science that’s dedicated to the study of hearing, balance and their associated disorders. Since the inner ear is also required for balance, this is also a part of the study.

Under our audiology services, we offer audiometry and hearing aid trials.

Audiometry is the measurement of the threshold of hearing analyzed through a special instrument called an audiometer. This test is primarily conducted for patients with suspected hearing loss.

Hearing loss can either be conductive (when the ear mechanism is unable to conduct sound waves properly), sensory/neural (when certain specialized cells and nerves involved in carrying sound waves are damaged) or mixed, which is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural factors.

During our audiometry tests, we determine whether hearing loss is conductive, sensorineural or mixed. In cases of sensorineural loss, we recommend hearing aid trials and in cases of conductive or mixed losses, we recommend further evaluation by an ENT specialist.

WHO SHOULD UNDERGO AUDIOMETRY TESTING?

Those with:
  • Difficulty in hearing
  • Unexplained vertigo
  • Unexplained dizziness
  • Job specifications such as pilots and cabin crew
  • High-altitude requirements such as mountain hikers and trekkers
  • Autism
  • Learning disabilities
  • Corporate health checks
About hearing aids

As mentioned earlier, in cases of sensorineural loss, we recommend hearing aid trials.

Hearing aids are of 2 types: Manual and Digital

Manual ones are the analogue types, which are adjusted and attuned manually by the user.

Digital ones are fully automated and self-programmed with little or no intervention by the user.

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