Audiovestibular Medicine

Audiovestibular Medicine is a medical speciality which improves a patient’s wellbeing and quality of life through the investigation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of both adult and children with hearing and balance disorders, and offers advice about their prevention or further progression. 

Paediatric cases

  • Neonatal screening
  • Paediatric hearing and hearing assessment and hearing aids services
    • Tympanometry and acoustic reflexes
    •  Visual reinforcement audiometry
    •  Play audiometry
  • Evoked potentials which include auditory brain stem response test under sedation or general anaesthesia
  • Middle latency evoked response in paediatric communication disorders, including auditory processing disorders.
  • Late cortical evoked response for cognitive function in paediatrisc and adults
  • Otoacoustic emission transient and distortion product for diagnosis of cochlear function and auditory neuropathy in high risk babies
  • Hearing aids – selection, fitting and follow up for auditory rehabilitation and follow up of speech and language development after hearing aids fitting
  • Cochlear implant pre-operative evaluation and if the child is candidate for cochlear implantation
  • Counselling for parents of children who are candidates for cochlear implantation with psychological support and advice on how to deal with the hard of hearing child before and after cochlear implant

Adult cases

  • Adult hearing assessment, hearing aid selection, fitting and follow up
  • Tinnitus and hyperacusis diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation

Cochlear implant services

  • Pre-operative assessment for candidates for cochlear implant for both adult and paediatric cases
  • Cochlear implant surgery has been performed in cooperation with the Saudi team, Dr Abdulrahman Hagr, Consultant Otolaryngology and Dr Farid Alzhrani, Consultant Otolaryngology, and includes surgical implementation of cochlear inner parts (transmitter and electrodes). After insertion, the Audiology medical doctor will test response of cochlear and auditory nerves.  External parts are activated and tested on the same day of the surgery, or the day after at the latest.
  • The speech processor is transmitting speech, sounds and environmental sounds into electrical impulses, electrical impulses are transferred through the transmitter to electrodes that are a replacement for malfunctioning hearing cells and then to the auditory nerve and to the brain.
  • Post-operative programming for all kinds of cochlear implants and auditory rehabilitation and follow up of speech and language development during their rehabilitation journey

Vestibular (balance and dizziness) services

  • Ecocohleography
  •  Videonystagmography
  • Head impulse test
  • Vestibular evoked potential
  • Positional test for BPPV
  • Caloric test
  • Vestibular rehabilitation therapy