Most children in Singapore would have had a basic hearing screening done under the within the first few days of birth. However, some children’s hearing loss may be missed or developed much later. This is often due to hereditary genes, infection and environmental noise. A child who has difficulties hearing may not understand that he or she hears differently from everyone else. Mild hearing difficulties can affect a child’s ability to learn, socialise or develop speech.
Hearing screenings should be performed (1) at birth, (2) before start of nursery and (3) annually when the child has entered primary school. If your child attends a school that does not provide annual hearing screening, you can opt for the screening program available at our audiology centre.
For adults (Individual)
From the age of 18 to 50, hearing screening should be part of a person’s physical every 3 years. As hearing loss often occurs gradually, most people only notice their symptoms when their hearing has deteriorated to a more severe category.
It is recommended that all individuals have a baseline hearing examination done, to detect abnormalities quickly.
For workers (industrial)
We partner with occupational health doctors and general practitioners to provide off-site hearing screening and evaluative reports for each employee tested.
We perform a variety of diagnostic tests to support doctors in the evaluation and management of hearing loss, ear infections, vertigo and tinnitus. For efficient and effective diagnosis, the following tests are usually selected under the advice of both the consulting doctor and audiologist:
- Pure Tone Audiometry
- Speech Discrimination Test (Pilot & Military)
- Acoustic reflex testing
- Otoacoustic emissions
- Children audiology assessment (Age 3 to 6)
- Tinnitus & Hyperacusis assessment
In cases of permanent hearing loss due to old age, progressive disease and noise exposure, medicine and surgery is often ineffective. Our clinic offers 5 management options:
It is estimated that only 7.5% of people with disabling hearing loss in Singapore wear hearing aids.
This is often linked to misconceptions about hearing aids, poor community support and often bad reviews from poorly prescribed hearing aids.
At Faith Hearing, we want to ensure successful hearing aid fittings, so we offer services to both patients who have purchased hearing aids from our centre and other centres:
Hearing aid trial & Evaluation
- Diagnostic hearing evaluation
- Evaluation of patient’s expectations, listening and lifestyle needs
- Hearing aid trial (2 weeks)
- Ear mould impression taking
- Alternative non-conventional hearing aids trial (body aids and bone anchored aids)
Hearing aid education talk & counselling
- Realistic expectations of hearing aids
- Hearing aid care and maintenance
- Family support for hearing aid users
- Financial assistance for hearing aids
- Distinguishing between different types and brands of hearing aids
- Active listening strategies
Hearing aid clinic
- Re-programming hearing aids
- Cleaning and repair services
For patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss or experience little benefit with hearing aids, our centre offers a full diagnostic evaluation and counselling to cochlear implants. Cochlear implants are electronic medical devices that replaces the function of the damaged ear. As cochlear implants will require a surgical procedure and consistent follow up sessions, we will work closely with our network of specialised cochlear implant surgeons and speech therapist to ensure all patients under our care get maximum benefit.
Management or “treatment” options for tinnitus will depend on the underlying cause. In majority of the cases where by tinnitus is caused by hearing loss, the patients are usually prescribed hearing aids or implants to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus. If the tinnitus persists or in the event of the lack of hearing loss, the following services are available:
- Hearing aids with tinnitus sound support system
- Tinnitus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
- Relaxation and breathing exercises
We also offer referrals to psychological and counselling services for severe tinnitus cases.
Hearing Protection Talks
Did you know 13% of children between the ages of 6 to 19 years have developed hearing loss and tinnitus due directly to noise exposure? The most common noise source is a music player.
Our audiologist is a certified trainer of the Dangerous Decibels program, a 50-minute workshop designed to create awareness and prevent potential hearing damage by noise exposure. If you would like us to come into your schools, workplace or community send us an enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can.