Audiology and Audiovestibular Medicine
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The Audiology and Audiovestibular Medicine team deals with the diagnosis and management of hearing (auditory) and balance (vestibular) disorders.
Since it was established in 1986, the department has become a reputable, highly specialist third tier service, responsible for all aspects of audiovestibular medicine for persons of all ages.
The department provides a full range of state of the art diagnostic auditory and electrophysiological services supporting its various clinical activities.
It also offers extensive rehabilitation options including a range of amplification solutions, hearing therapy and vestibular physiotherapy. These activities are peer reviewed and audited and comply to national and international guidance.
The team consists of doctors, audiologists, audiovestibular scientist, hearing therapists and physiotherapists working within a multidisciplinary environment. Services are provided at St George’s Hospital as well as at a nursing home, a school and health centres, consisting of consultant led as well as non-consultant led services.
Part of the Audiology service is provided by Kingston Hospital. This integrated service is based on an audiologist-led and delivered model of care.
The following services are offered:
- Adult Hearing and Hearing Aid Service
- Paediatric Hearing and Hearing Aid Service – St George’s Hospital
- Vestibular (Balance and Dizziness) Service
- Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Service
- Hearing Therapy Service
- Implantable Devices
- Audiolology at Queen Mary Hospital: this aspect of the service is contract to Kingston Hospital. This service is audiologist led and delivered.
- Both the St George’s Hospital and Kingston Hospital departments are accredited to provide training for student audiologists in audiology.
- Dhaval Mehta, Advanced Audiologist, was awarded national audiologist of the year 2013 by the British Academy of Audiology for providing excellent patient care.
- Beth-Anne Culhane, Advanced Audiologist and Hearing Therapist, is the vice chair on the British Tinnitus Association’s professional advisory committee.
- The St George’s Hospital service was also awarded a service excellence award in 2004 by St George’s NHS Trust.
- Beth-Anne Culhane, Advanced Audiologist and Hearing Therapist, and Sara O’Neil, Specialist Audiologist and Hearing Therapist, are British Tinnitus Associated regional peer review group co-ordinators.
- The Hearing Therapy Service is one of only two services in the entire country to provide Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Tinnitus, which is at the forefront of therapeutic intervention for this condition. We are in a position where we are able to provide a truly excellent service but without the appropriate space, we would lose this entirely.