Ear Science Centre

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“Mission to enable individuals live a fulfilling life by helping them overcome their communication difficulties.”

Ear Science Centre

How can technology assist disabled?

Ear Science, Hearing disability, if managed at the right time, with the right technology and the right medical assistance, there is no reason for an individual to suffer the consequences of hearing disability. Today science has developed to such an extent that almost every individual with hearing difficulty can be helped with hearing technology. It may be via the help of hearing aids, middle ear implants, cochlear implants, or brainstem implants. Results will of course vary depending on how soon the patient takes a decision to seek help. As I said, if an individual is made aware and if we are able to intervene at the right time, hearing loss need not be a disabling condition.

Which hearing aid is best for any particular type of hearing loss and lifestyle?

There is no such thing as the best hearing aid. Every hearing aid will help to a certain degree. However, there are technological differences within hearing aids that offer differing amounts of benefits. If a patient’s lifestyle and hearing needs are limited, for example, able to hear conversations at home a basic hearing aid should suffice. On the contrary, if the patient leads a semi-active lifestyle and steps out of home on a regular basis to places like markets, banks, etc. then a patient will require slightly advanced hearing aids. However, if a patient has very demanding listening needs owing to very active social interactions for example – meetings and group discussions then patient will benefit the most from the latest technology of hearing aids. Technology selection is based not just on patients’ lifestyles but also on their type and severity of hearing loss and most importantly their brain’s ability to filter and process different degrees of hearing loss. So selection of the so-called best hearing aid is not a straightforward process rather it requires a thorough understanding of the patient’s hearing loss, lifestyle, personality traits, and cognitive abilities.

What unique services do you provide to the customers? Why should one prefer you?

Our services are designed to keep the patient in the center. We follow a model call patient-centered care. We understand that every patient has unique needs and we strive hard to understand these unique differences to help the patient get the advice that they are looking for. To help us achieve this goal we follow a highly structured patient flow process, wherein we are able to spend ample time with every patient on their every visit to the clinic. We incorporate the best infrastructure, in terms of clinic ambiance, comfort, and medical equipment. We can cater to a wide range of patient populations, right from a newborn child to a very senior citizen.

We have all the latest tests and equipment required to assess, diagnose and help patients with hearing loss.

What factors affect serious hearing issues? What solutions do you have?

Time! Hearing loss is easily managed if it is treated at the right time. Many patients neglect hearing loss in its early stages and this can lead to serious complications in terms of hearing ability and overall brain’s ability to process sound. We can manage these issues with the latest in hearing technology that assists not only the ear but the brain to process these sounds. Along with technology, we are able to guide the patient to achieve the best possible results via regular follow-up visits for counseling, auditory training, and fine-tuning of their hearing devices.

How often do you need to check or adjust hearing aids?

Ideally once in 6 months to ensure that they are providing optimum results.

How do you manage the promotion of your products through social media outreach and email campaigns?

So far we have relied more on traditional routes of print media (newspapers) for our campaigns. Having said that we are in the process of developing an app and chatbot which will be targeted to engage the audience on various digital platforms.

Does insurance cover the cost of these hearing aids?

Unfortunately in India, insurance companies do not cover the cost of hearing aids.

What does the future of health technology look like?

The future of hearing health technology will get more personalised. The patient will become an active participant in selection of the technology and will be able to manage and manipulate various parameters of their medical device independently. The patient and doctor relationship will move towards partnership wherein both of them will play an equal role and share responsibilities to manage the health condition.

Please tell us if there is a useful solution to the current COVID19 scenario as it impacted a lot especially on disabled?

Solutions are evolving, today we can carry out basic hearing tests via the help of the internet of things (IoT), and we are also able to fine-tune patients’ hearing devices via internet. This has helped patients because the physical visits to the clinic have been reduced.

Do I want to use my smartphone to manage my hearing aid?

It is not mandatory, but if used it can help patients to manage their devices better, for example, they can make adjustments to their hearing aids sound output, noise filtering, connect via bluetooth to make and receive calls and listen to music. They can also use the mobile device to connect to clinics for fine-tuning of their hearing aids over the internet via video calls

Year of Founding:2013
Funding Information:proprietor – self-funded
Founding Members:Dr. Vikrant Patil
Office Locations:215 216, 2nd floor Marvel Signet, Shirur Park, Vidyanagar, Hubli
Company Strength:11

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