Audiology: Earmold and Electronics Laboratories

 

Audiology: Earmold and Electronics Laboratories

This service which provides hearing aids for persons with hearing impairments was established at the beginning of 1998.  The clinical testing and diagnostic services are provided at the unit that is located in the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic of the Georgetown Public Hospital.  Clients are then referred to the Centre to be fitted with their earmolds and hearing aids.  The hearing aids are calibrated in the electronics laboratory that also provides servicing for all audiological equipment.  Two audiologists, and earmold technician and an electronics technician staff this service.  A medical doctor who was trained as a medical audiologist is attached to the unit.  Outreach satellite clinics on rural areas began in 1999 and are expected to continue.   This project was initiated and financed for a period of two years by the Commonwealth Society for the Deaf, now called 'Sound Seekers' but the Centre, through the Management Committee, is now solely responsible for the continuing development of the Earmould and Electronics Laboratory, and the acquisition of replacement supplies.