Communication has played a crucial role in human evolution, from ancient times to modern times. The primary thing that separates humans from animals is our ability to communicate. However, some people may experience difficulty in communicating with others. That’s where audiologists and speech-language pathologists come into focus.
Speech-Language Pathology is the study of various types of communication disorders that humans experience. Medical professionals who specialize in this area are known as speech-language pathologists or therapists. They specialize in evaluating, treating, and diagnosing various communication disorders. These communication disorders cause difficulty in voice, speech, language, and swallowing.
Some of the communication disorders include stuttering, speech and language problems associated with hearing impairment, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, and more.
Speech-language pathologists at kamineni hospitals are experienced in providing effective treatment for patients suffering from various communication disorders. They help people manage and overcome disorders of the mouth, throat, and tongue.
Audiology is a branch of medicine that deals with balance issues and hearing-related disorders. Medical experts who specialize in treating and diagnosing various auditory diseases and disorders are known as Audiologists. They are well knowledgable about the disorders related to the middle ear, inner ear, auditory nerve, and central auditory nervous system.
Audiologists at Kamineni Hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to treat auditory challenges effectively. They counsel patients, manage hearing loss through prevention programs, assist patients who experience ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and design educational plans for children. Based on patients’ medical conditions audiologists may also suggest hearing aids, inner ear implants, and assistive listening devices.
Audiologists at Kamineni Hospitals are experienced and skilled in dealing with a wide range of hearing issues. Some of our audiologists also specialize in specific groups and fields. Some subspecialties include:
- Cochlear Implants
- Hearing Aids
- Auditory Processing
Speech-language pathologists offer therapy for patients to improve their speech and language skills. Speech-language pathologists offer therapy for patients to improve their speech and language skills. With the help of speech therapy medical specialists assess and treat speech disorders and communication problems.
Speech problems not only appear in children but also adults. These speech disorders are caused by stroke, brain injury, or other conditions. Our seasoned speech-language pathologist helps children to cope with a wide range of speech disorders. With the treatment, patients can see improvement in clarity, voice, fluency, and sound production. Also, they help patients who are facing difficulty swallowing.
Aphasia is a condition in which people experience difficulty reading, writing, speaking, and understanding language. This type of disorder will affect the person’s ability to communicate. It is a medical condition that usually develops when areas of your brain that process language gets damaged either by stroke or injury or growing brain tumour.
Apraxia is a medical condition in which people face difficulty in expressing their thoughts. The person knows what they want to say but couldn’t find words or have trouble forming the words. Speech therapy helps people think and form words fast and in the moment.
Cognitive-communication disorders are caused especially during damage or injury to the head. Which may cause damage to the area of your brain that is responsible for thinking and speaking. People suffering from this type of disorder may have trouble with listening, speaking, memory, and problem-solving.
The speech-language pathology department at Kamineni Hospitals provides comprehensive treatment for the above diseases or disorders. Along with this, our medical experts also treat diseases such as Articulation disorders, Expressive disorders, Fluency disorders, Receptive disorders, and Resonance disorders.
If a person is experiencing difficulty in hearing or hearing loss then audiologists perform various tests to determine the severity of the condition. Once the test results are out your medical specialist or audiologist will recommend the best treatment based on your condition.
Audiologists conduct these physical tests to determine the stage of hearing loss.
During this test, your medical specialist will look in your ear for possible causes of your hearing loss. Some of the common causes are earwax or inflammation from an infection. Also, your doctor will check for any structural causes of your hearing problems.
General screening tests
Medical specialists or audiologists perform whisper tests to determine your hearing loss severity. During this test, your doctor asks you to cover one ear at a time to see how well you respond or recognize words spoken at various volumes. Once the doctor assesses your condition he recommends appropriate treatment.
Tuning Fork Tests
This is one of the common tests done to evaluate the hearing loss stage in patients. Your medical specialist will use two tuning forks in this test. These tuning forks are two-pronged metal instruments that produce sounds when struck together. This test not only helps your doctor determine hearing loss but also reveals where in your ear the damage has occurred.
This test helps medical doctors determine how accurate your hearing ability is and how well your ears are working. During this test, both of your ears will be covered by earphones. Then you will hear sounds and words directed to each ear. Every tone is repeated from high to low to find the quietest sound that you can hear.
The type of treatment that you get depends on your hearing loss condition and stage. Here are some of the treatment procedures that audiologists perform to restore hearing ability.
Removing wax blockage
Audiologists use this procedure to clean or remove earwax from your ear canal. A suction pump or a small tool with a loop on the end is used to perform this action. This is a reversible cause of hearing loss. Also, it is one of the most common procedures done by audiologists.
Audiologists choose surgical procedures only when other treatment options are not suitable or to treat abnormalities. Surgical procedures are carried out in case of abnormalities of the eardrum or bones of hearing. Sometimes surgery is needed if patients experience repeated infections with persistent fluid. During the surgical procedure, your medical specialist may insert small tubes that help your ears drain.
Hearing aid are recommended by your audiologist in case your hearing loss is due to inner ear damage. Based on your condition your doctor will recommend the type of hearing aids that will fit you.
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