Audiologist and Speech Therapist

Infant Hearing Screening at Hillcrest Private Hospital

Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital in conjuction with Mandy Pillay Audiologist & Speech Language Therapist, is now able to offer Infant Hearing Screening to all babies born in the Maternity unit. The test includes the following objective procedures : High Frequency Tympanometry. Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) and Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR). This test battery is used to assess the Auditory pathway from the external ear to the Auditory Nerve.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) is a fast, non-invasive and objective newborn hearing screening method to assess cochlear (inner ear) integrity. The test is conducted by placing a probe into the ear canal. Soft click tones are presented and the probe measures the cochlear response or ‘’echo”.

Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) is a screening electrophysiological measure of the Auditory nerve function. Electrodes are placed behind the ears and on the forehead. A probe is placed in the ear which presents click stimuli. A simple pass or fail response is obtained.

High Frequency Tympanometry is used to assess middle ear function. This test is essential as part of the battery of tests to identify middle ear pathology. The same probe is placed in the ear canal. A probe tone of 1000 Hz tone is used as a stimulus to assess the function of the external and middle ears.

Please inform maternity staff if you require your baby’s hearing to be tested during your maternity stay at the hospital. Hearing screening at Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital is charged directly to medical aid at Medical Aid Rates.

Mandy Pillay
Sessional Suite 101, First Floor
Tel: 031-7688386


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