Hearing is one of our most vital senses, and audiologists are experts in the management of the auditory and balance disorders. Audiologist specialize in the study of normal and impaired hearing, prevention of hearing loss, identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems and rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance disorders.
Audiologists are professionals who work with people that exhibit hearing, balance, and related ear problems. They examine individuals of all ages and identify those with the symptoms of hearing loss and other auditory, balance, and related neural problems. They then assess the nature and extent of the problems and help manage them. Using audiometers, computers, and other testing devices, they measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds, his/her ability to distinguish between sounds, and the impact of hearing loss or balance problems on an individual’s daily life. Audiologists interpret these results and may coordinate them with medical and psychological information to make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment.
Associated Department at FMH
The ENT and Speech & Language Pathology Department at FMH, along with the complete setup of Hamza Foundation Academy for the Deaf, provides clinical training to the students of this course.
Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology (E.N.T.) was established at the Fatima Memorial Hospital in 2000 and is undergoing rapid expansion. This department is equipped with the latest instruments and equipment, including all kinds of endoscopes, fess microscopes for ear, micro laryngeal surgery instruments and audiometry units.
A fully developed Audiology Department at FMH provides the following services:
1. Assessment: Free field Audiometry, Pure Tone Audiometry, Tympanometry, Brain Stem Audiometry, Play Audiometery, Visually Reinforced Audiometery, Speech Audiometery.
2. Hearing aids: Prescription, Dispensing & fitting of hearing aids. Sale of Accessories & consumables, warranty coverage and repairs of hearing aids with all required spare parts in stocks.
3. Ear Mold Fabrication. Custom made ear mold is fabricated with quality material and techniques.
4. Education of parents and teachers.
Audiology Department is certified as ‘Siemens Authorized Hearing Care Center’. The Department headed by Manager Audiology comprises of experienced Audiometerists and Mold Fabrication Staff fully trained by Siemens, Singapore. It has full technical support from Professional Audiologists practicing in United States who visit Pakistan frequently and update FMH Practitioner’s.
The Audiology Department is supported by the Speech & Language Pathology Department that is fully equipped with the educational gadgets, sound proofed walls & latest technologies including F.M. System, Infra Red System, and Speech Assessment & Evaluation Software.