Audiologist-phoniatrician – what does he do?The most frequent diseases phoniatricians and audiologists deal withWhen is it necessary to make an appointment with an audiologist or phoniatrician?What tests can an audiologist-phoniatrist order?

The offer of the Center of Hearing and Speech Medincus in the field of audiology and phoniatrics.

We provide diagnostics and treatment of ear diseases (inflammatory and non-inflammatory ear diseases, congenital malformations), hearing impairment (hearing loss, tinnitus, auditory hypersensitivity), central auditory processing disorders and balance disorders.

We also perform diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of voice and speech disorders in various types of ENT pathologies and of  (speech delay, speech disorders, aphasia in adults and dysphasia in children, dysarthria).

After complete diagnostics, we qualify each patient for the appropriate method of treatment – conservative, surgical (middle ear surgeries, hearing implant surgeries, rhino or laryngeal surgeries), hearing aids fitting, physiotherapy, hearing, speech or balance rehabilitation.

Examinations and other services:

  • otoscopic, video otoscopic and microscopic examination of ear,
  • Rinne and Weber tests,
  • assessment of audiometric hearing tests in children and adults,
  • direct and indirect laryngoscopy,
  • laryngeal stroboscopy,
  • vocal loading and range tests,
  • diagnostics of voice and speech disorders in children,
  • inhalations,
  • guttural fillings.

The most frequent diseases phoniatricians and audiologists deal with:

  • dysphonia (voice hoarseness),
  • acute and chronic laryngitis,
  • laryngeal trauma,
  • organic changes of the vocal cords (polyps, nodules, vocal cord hemorrhage, Reinke’s edema, cysts, hyperplastic lesions),
  • congenital and acquired laryngeal anomalies,
  • precancerous changes (leukoplakia, pachydermia, hyperkeratosis, polyps),
  • laryngeal, neck, throat and nasal tumors,
  • hearing loss,
  • deafness,
  • tinnitus,
  • eustachian tube dysfunction,
  • aphonia,
  • vocal problems in professional voice users (vocal nodules, hypertrophic changes in vocal folds, vocal cord paresis),
  • functional voice disorders,
  • hormone-related voice and speech disorders,
  • mutational voice disorders,
  • voice disorders in professional voice users,
  • voice disorders in singers,
  • voice disorders in patients with neuropsychiatric diseases,
  • vocal fold paresis/paralysis,
  • speech delay,
  • speech disorders,
  • articulation disorders.

You shlould make an appointment with an audiologist-phoniatrician in case of:

  • chronic voice hoarseness,
  • tinnitus,
  • clogged ear,
  • hearing impairment,
  • chronic laryngitis,
  • loss of voice,
  • swallowing disorders,

You should consult an audiologist-phoniatrician if you often have ear infections (e.g. otitis) or if you have voice disorders due to your profession (e.g. teachers, singers, actors, speakers and narrators).

An audiologist-phoniatrician also treats patients with hearing loss, partial deafness, stuttering and other disorders that can lead to improper speech development.

A separate group of patients an audiologist deals with is a group of patients after surgeries or strokes who require voice rehabilitation.

Diagnostics of the organ of hearing:

  • pure tone audiometry, impedance audiometry, speech audiometry,
  • otoacoustic emission,
  • screening tests in infants,
  • auditory brainstem response test (ABR/BERA) – ABR thresholds (day and evening tests), can be performed in the Clinic or at patient’s home,
  • tinnitus diagnostics,
  • video otoscopic examination,
  • CT scan (computed tomography),
  • MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging).

Diagnostics of speech organ:

  • videostroboscopy,
  • videolaryngoscopy.
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