Audiology is the science of measuring hearing acuity for variations in sound intensity and pitch and for tonal purity, involving thresholds and differing frequencies. Audiometry is the branch which comprises of tests to varify the credibility of hearing mechanism. This includes tests to diagnose problems in mechanical sound transmission (middle ear function), neural sound transmission (cochlear function) and speech discrimination ability (central integration).
At Healthway we carry out otoacoustic emission (OAE) tests to determine cochlear status, specifically hair cell function. This information can be used to:
(1) screen hearing (particularly in neonates, infants, or individuals with developmental disabilities)
(2) partially estimate hearing sensitivity within a limited range
(3) differentiate between the sensory and neural components of sensorineural hearing loss, and
(4) test for functional (feigned) hearing loss.
We have a team of speech pathologists who study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. People with difficulty in swallowing can also be helped by them.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the head or the ears. Healthway carries out certain evidence based tests to evaluate and rehabilitate patients.