The Audiology Department carries out assessment of hearing and balance problems as well as looking after all those patients who use NHS hearing aids. We are closely associated with the Ear Nose and Throat Department and many of our patients come to us via ENT consultant – our ENT Surgeon, Dr. Tejal Shah at shreeji Ortho and ENT Hospital, Gurukul Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

ADULTS

If you have difficulty with hearing or balance you should see our ENT Surgeon, Dr. Tejal Shah at shreeji Ortho and ENT Hospital, Gurukul Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat in the ENT Department. Tests with the Audiology Department may form part of that consultation, either on the same day or at a separate visit, depending on the complexity of the tests.

CHILDREN

If you are concerned about your child’s hearing, contact our ENT Surgeon, Dr. Tejal Shah at shreeji Ortho and ENT Hospital, Gurukul Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. They can refer you directly to our department for a hearing assessment. We will discuss the results with you, then refer you back to our ENT Surgeon, Dr. Tejal Shah at shreeji Ortho and ENT Hospital, Gurukul Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat who can discuss management.

If you are worried about your child’s speech development it is important to rule out a hearing loss.

We also look after children who wear hearing aids for long-term or permanent hearing loss. If you need help with hearing aids or ear-moulds for your child, contact the department for an urgent appointment.

TREATMENT

In its initial stage, adenoids are treated using various antibiotics. However, they do not provide much relief if the infection is very serious and chronic. The doctors are then left with the option of removal of adenoid glands. This procedure is known as adenoidectomy.

Adenoidectomy – Adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoids, which helps get rid of the symptoms permanently, while antibiotics provide temporary relief and cannot be used for long-term treatment.

SPECIAL HEARING NEEDS

The department also specialises in the fitting of more advanced devices, such as bone-anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants to patients of all ages. These require complex surgery as well as audiological testing and long-term support.

Hearing aids. If your hearing loss is due to damage to your inner ear, a hearing aid can help by making sounds stronger and easier for you to hear. An audiologist can discuss with you the potential benefits of using a hearing aid, recommend a device and fit you with it. Hearing aids are small electronic devices worn in your ear that make sounds louder and clearer, although they won’t give you back your full hearing.

There are many different types of hearing aid, including:

  • behind the ear hearing aids (the most common type) – hearing aids that go around the top and back of the ear
  • in the ear hearing aids – small hearing aids that fit in the opening of the ear
  • in the canal hearing aids –  very small hearing aids that fit a bit further into the opening of the ear, so they’re just visible