New Horizons Audiology Centre aims at enabling hearing of the hearing impaired child/adult with recent advances in technology and with skilled professionals, thus enabling them to a better quality of life with better speech and communication.
New Horizons had embarked into a new venture under the direction and guidance of Dr. Waheeda Pagarkar and Dr. Samir Dalwai and started the New Horizons Audiology Centre (NHA) in September 2014.
Dr. Waheeda Pagarkar is a renowned Audiovestibular Consultant at Hackney ARK and Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital, London. She has done her MBBS and MD in Pediatrics from Seth G. S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital and her MRCPCH (UK) and MSc (Audiology) from University of London.
Considering the paucity of care in the field of Audiovestibular Medicine for children and adults, for conditions like dizziness/vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss, in collaboration with New Horizons, she has set up a State-of-the-Art Audiology Centre with international standards.
Audiology- the science of hearing is a vast and intense field. At NHA, we offer the following hearing services:
- Standard Audiometry: a subjective test to attain the threshold of hearing.
- Play Audiometry: a subjective test, done for children whose responses can be conditioned and facilitated by the use of toys.
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry: a subjective test, done for children 6 months onwards and uses the principle of reinforcement to elicit a response.
- Speech Audiometry: a subjective test to understand perception of speech.
- Tympanometry: an objective test to understand the middle ear functioning.
- Otoacoustic emissions: an objective test to check for cochlear function.
- Hearing Aid Trial and prescription of various digital hearing aids.
- Ear Mould Impression.
- Aural Rehab: therapy sessions given to the child and parent to maximize greater benefit from wearing the hearing aid.
The time taken for an audiometry ranges from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the cooperation of the child/adult. For a child diagnosed with a hearing loss and fitted with hearing aids, monitoring of the child’s hearing is a must to predict the development of speech and language.
We are in the process of promoting Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) for children instead of subjecting them to Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA), unless otherwise required.
Over the past year, we have seen 400 odd patients, out of which 20 were adults and the remaining 380 children. 35 patients were diagnosed with hearing loss of varying type and degree while 10 were prescribed with hearing aids.