“Through our integrated and referral approach, we were able to restore Baby Ishal’s hearing. We are proud to be part of the Seha network, to utilize world-class services across all of our facilities, and to develop a tailored diagnosis and treatment plan for each patient entrusted to us. In Ishal’s case, we referred her to Tawam Hospital to perform the required audiological test before concluding the required treatment for the management of hearing loss,” said Thahira Kallumurikkal, Audiologist at the Center for Diagnosis and AHS Oud Al Touba screening.
Tawam’s audiology team confirmed hearing loss in both ears and also advised fitting hearing aids as soon as possible to avoid any delays in speech and language development. The family was presented as a case for getting free hearing aids, and Ishal is currently undergoing speech and language therapy for better communication.
“My sister, Ishal’s aunt, was born with bilateral neural deafness. So we were aware of the possible consequences if we didn’t fit her the hearing aids as soon as possible,” said Ishal’s father.
“Being deaf does not limit anyone’s abilities, but we wanted our child to live a normal life. We are extremely grateful to the audiologist and doctors at AHS and Tawam for restoring his ability to hear. A gift we all take for granted, Ishal first heard my voice through their efforts. I am eternally indebted to them,” he added.
Timely identification and management is crucial for any infant suspected of having or developing hearing loss. Thanks to the support of the two hospitals, Baby Ishal has the opportunity to grow up with hearing and will be able to develop his speech and language skills normally.