Audiology

Our ears are as unique as our fingerprint, which means that hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all. At Hearing Care Center, you will have access to experienced hearing aid experts who can guide through the process of finding the right device. Our main objective, as hearing experts, is to help you achieve better hearing – and a better quality of life, that too in your budget. We work with all our business partners to find a digital hearing aid that is comfortable, effective, and affordable. We have the same concept for Speech, Language, Voice and Behavioral disorders also, not the same therapy plan will work for all and so we use to design individual Long-Term Goals, Short-Term Goals and Lesson Plans and our therapy sessions are also mostly individual. We are amongst the fewer of those professional setups who provide reports for assessments and therapies in written and also the progress reports.

Facilities We Have For Children:

Behavioral Observation Audiometry (BOA): Behavioral observation audiometry is a test performed in children under 4 years of age, non-cooperating children, children with disabilities, with a diagnosis of autism or CP. The test is performed in order to evaluate the response of auditory child when choosing a hearing aid or to assess the benefits of the hearing aid or the cochlear implant. As the name suggests is based on the study of behavioral and involuntary reflexes of the child.

Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA): CPA begins to emerge around age 2 years and consistent between developmental ages of 2 to 4 years: a listening game that uses toys to maintain the child’s attention and focus to the listening task. For example, the child holds a block, waits and listens for the sound. When the child hears the sound, they drop the block in a bucket. This is no different than raising one’s hand in response to the sound, but the toys establish and maintains the child interested in the listening task for much longer than hand-raising alone. This “listening game” is demonstrated to the child by the audiologist, and once the child understands the game testing is underway.

Tympanometry (tympanogram): It assesses health of the middle ear system and takes about 3 to 5 seconds. Small probe tip is placed in the ear canal. Sound is presented and recorded. A computer plots the movement of the eardrum by measuring the amount of sound reflected back. It is not painful, but does feel a little stuffy for a few seconds.

Otoacoustic emission (OAE): testing is a quick measure of cochlea (inner ear) function. For OAE testing, a soft probe tip is placed into the ear canal. Sounds are sent through the probe tip into the ear. When the ear detects the sounds, the cochlea emits a response back that is measured by a sensitive microphone in the probe tip. This response is called an otoacoustic emission (OAE). The response is very faint so the child must be extremely quiet during the test. Because the response is so faint, it may be obscured by the presence of ear wax, middle ear pathology (for example, fluid, pressure) or the presence of pressure equalization (PE) tubes. When OAE responses are present, it often means that the hearing is nearnormal. There are many reasons why OAE responses might be absent, including middle ear fluid and/or permanent hearing loss.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR): ABR is an electrophysiological test. It is used in two ways: to assess auditory nerve function and to estimate hearing levels. Sounds are presented through an earphone while four surface electrodes (one on behind each ear and two usually placed on the forehead) pick-up the response to sound from the inner ear (cochlea) and auditory nerve. A computer averages the auditory responses. Usually, the results are shared with the family immediately following the test. The test is not uncomfortable to the patient. When this test is used to estimate hearing levels for children 6 months and older, sedation is required for ABR recording.

Speech-Language and/or Behavioral Therapy: Hearing Care Center offers speech therapy and Pediatric Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children. Since we opened our doors in different cities of Chhattisgarh, we have been devoted to helping children obtain the crucial communication skills necessary to meet the demands of their educational and social roles. Our language pathologists specialize in a variety of speech disorders. All speech services are based on in-depth assessments. Initially a screening will take place to determine the speech and/or developmental/behavioral needs of the child. Next, a formal evaluation will be completed and then a therapist will be assigned for sessions. Our team is dedicated to providing pediatric, school-aged and adolescent speech therapy to increase our client’s oral, written, and functional skills to express wants, needs, thoughts in their everyday lives. We offer superior ABA and speech therapies designed on a solid foundation of research based treatments. Whether your child experiences communication, behavior, or academic difficulties, you will find the help you are seeking with the Speech, Language and Behavior team. We strive to provide quality and nurturing therapy services tailored to fit each client’s needs. We collaborate with the family, working together as a team to build a better future for your child and your family. Flexible session times are available and parents are free to sit in on therapy sessions and become involved with the process.

Our Speech Therapy Services Focus on Improving:

Articulation Fluency
Social Language Voice
Oral Motor Pragmatic Language

Common Speech and Language Disorders:

Autism Dysarthria
Apraxia of Speech Oral Motor Function
Fluency (stuttering) Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)
Pragmatic (social language) Receptive & Expressive Language

For Adults:

Pure Tone Audiometry: In testing, an audiometer delivers “pure tones” at different frequencies (Hz) from low to high at different intensities (dB). Air conduction testing uses earphones or loudspeakers (in a sound-proof room/soundfield). These send sounds to the ear canal and through the middle ear to reach the inner ear. In bone conduction testing, a bone vibrator is placed behind the ear to deliver the sound vibrations to the cochlea (the hearing organ of the inner ear). This allows the examiner to bypass the entire outside and middle ear areas and test the sensitivity of the inner ear directly. Special tests like Speech Audiometry, Tone Decay Test (TDT), Short Increment Sensitivity Index Test (SISI), and others to differentiate Cochlear and/or Retro-Cochlear test are also available.

Impedance Audiometry: Impedance audiometry is an objective method based on the measurement of the pressure in the middle ear, stapedius reflexes, and tension of the tympanic membrane. It is one of the most common and most accurate methods for testing the middle ear. Impedance audiometry is completely painless and non-invasive, but it requires a small mobility during the measurement. It involves inserting the probe tube into the ear. The Tube is ended with a cap matched to the size of the ear. The probe’s cap is inserted approximately 3-5 mm into the ear canal. Special test like Eustachian Tube Dysfunctioning (ETF) also available.

Facilities in Common:

Hearing Aids: We are amongst the top as well as authorised dealer of almost all of reputed company, in Chhattisgarh. We have dedicated centers for BestSound (A Siemens Concept), Widex, Starkey, ReSound, Phonak, etc. In our centers patient can try any particular hearing aid before buying it. Starting from Analog & Semi-digital hearing aids, we have the complete range of Digital, Invisible in the Ear, Smartphone Compactible, and/or Smart Hearing Aids that too in all price brackets.

Hearing Aid Accessories: In all our centers you can find the complete range of genuine accessories of all the brands under one roof. We understand the value of your hearing aid that is why we provide you only the genuine parts. Batteries, Wax-Guard, Battery Door, Ear-Hook, Ear Tip, etc of international brands.