Audiology

Audiology is a branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders.  Audiologists treat patients with hearing loss and proactively prevent hearing related damage.

What is Hearing Loss?

A person who is not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing is said to have hearing loss. It can vary in severity. A person with mild hearing loss may find it difficult to understand conversations in noisy places such as a restaurant. Someone with moderate hearing loss has difficulty understanding regular conversations unless voices are raised. Others who have severe hearing loss are unable to hear even very loud sounds close to their ears.

What causes Hearing Loss

  1. Among Newborns
  • Family History
  • Infections suffered by the mother during pregnancy
  • Premature Birth
  • Lack of oxygen at the time of birth
  • Severe jaundice soon after birth
  1. Among Children and Adults
  • Infections such as meningitis, measles, mumps or ear infections with discharge
  • Use of certain medication (Eg: Some of the mycin groups)
  • Injury to the head or ear
  • Exposure to loud sounds in any setting
  • Listening through personal audio devices at unsafe levels
  • Wax or foreign bodies blocking the ear canal
  1. Among the Elderly People
  • Normal ageing process
  • Exposure to loud sounds in any setting
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Use of certain medications

When should you suspect Hearing Loss?

Children may have hearing loss if he/she:

  • does not respond to sounds
  • cannot understand what you say properly
  • has delayed or improper speech development
  • has discharge from the ear
  • suffers repeated episodes of pain in or blockage of the ear

As an Adult, you may have a hearing loss if:

  • you often ask people to repeat themselves
  • you tend to raise the volume of the radio or television
  • you regularly miss parts of conversations
  • you have a ringing sensation in the ear (tinnitus)
  • people tell you that you speak loudly

What to do if you suspect a hearing loss?

Book an appointment with our hearing specialist (Audiologist) who will discuss your concerns and run diagnostic tests and form a management plan.

Muhammad Thareeque Audiologist

Profile: Mr Muhammad Thareeque (MSc, Audiology, BASLP)

Mr Muhammad Thareeque graduated in Audiology Speech Language Pathology from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, India in 2013.  He completed his Master’s Degree in Audiology from the same institute in 2015.

Mr Muhammad started working with Carewell Multispeciality Poly Clinic, India, and then worked at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing directly for two years. Qualified DHA in 2018, Mr Muhammad joined Kings College Hospital, Jumeirah Medical Centre in 2019 as an Audiologist.

His expertise covers:

  • Puretone Audiometry
  • Speech Audiometry
  • Tympanometry
  • OAE’s
  • ABR
  • VEMP
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • New Born Hearing Screening
  • Hearing Aids
  • Tinnitus Evaluation
  • Experienced in assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of paediatric, adult and elderly patients

 

 

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