HBT Trauma Care civic hospital to start test centre for hearing loss patients

Jogeshwari’s HBT Trauma Care Municipal Hospital is believed to be the first municipal peripheral hospital in Mumbai to get the facility

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Jogeshwari based HBT Trauma Care Municipal Hospital has started a new speech and audiometry test centre, in order to assist patients with hearing loss (especially the elderly patients). This is believed to be the first municipal peripheral hospital in the city to get the facility.

The centre will help determine the degree of the patient’s hearing loss so they can be treated accordingly, and the extent of hearing loss will be determined using different frequencies which will be played into the patient’s ear. 

Dr Mayashankar Vishwakarma, Consultant at the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) department at the trauma care centre said that on an average, there are 15 patients daily who complain of hearing loss. 

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The centre to remain open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The test, which costs around ₹700 at private facilities, will be provided free of cost at the hospital. 

Doctors believe that an increase in environmental pollution and exposure to loud sounds are common causes of hearing loss among youngsters. Other causes of hearing loss include ear diseases, drum ruptures, old age and exposure to loud sounds such as crackers, said, doctors.

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