Audiological medicine is a medical speciality providing diagnosis and management of patients with disorders of hearing and balance. Hearing problems also include tinnitus and auditory processing disorders.
A range of technology is used to assist patients with hearing deficits including digital hearing aids, bone anchored hearing aids, cochlear implants and vibrotactile aids. The team of audiologists, clinical scientists and audiovestibular physicians provide an integrated service.
At Great Ormond Street Hospital we see patients as young as newborns right through to the late teenage years, and accept referrals from within the hospital and from external consultants.
We provide a routine service for the fitting of digital hearing aids, being a second wave site on the NHS national Modernising Hearing Aid Services programme.
In addition, we have developed a number of protocols and contributed to the formulation of several national guidelines for the management of children with the following conditions:
- Auditory neuropathy/auditory dys-synchrony (designated as a national centre)
- Auditory processing disorders
- Balance disorders in children
- Bone anchored hearing aids
- Management of patients with ototoxicity