Hearing Testing and Aids

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There are various types of aid and there are also special needs in a country like Nepal.

Battery costs, maintenance, climate including the torrential monsoon rains and high humidity, agricultural lifestyle of many patients – these all add to the challenges! Much needs to be done and developed; suitable suppliers, keeping costs to a minimum, training technicians and developing small businesses.

Advances in hearing aid and hearing implant technology are rapid.

There are ethical dilemmas such as appropriate options for the deaf and dumb since birth, how and when to offer high cost hearing systems such as bone anchored hearing aids and cochlear implants; these all need much work.

Suitable quiet testing environments and accurate calibrated equipment can also be challenging to arrange. Specialized tests such as speech audiometry are language dependent and need to be standardized.

Patients with particular needs, such as young children, those with physical and mental disabilities, the elderly have been underserved and need help.

Conditions such as tinnitus and vertigo (dizziness) also require specialist testing and treatments, such as counseling and physiotherapy. Such areas are often not offered in Nepal and we hope to develop this further.