Mobile hearing clinics to bring hearing loss testing to the community

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SINGAPORE - Residents in the western region of Singapore will get greater access to hearing health services, with the expansion of the National University Hospital’s (NUH) community audiology services.

A new satellite hearing clinic has been launched at the Jurong Medical Centre, while mobile audiology clinics have been introduced at three polyclinics – in Bukit Batok, Chua Chu Kang and Queenstown – under National University Polyclinics, between October 2022 and July 2023.

An initiative under the audiology team from NUH’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, the expansion of services will enable greater accessibility to hearing services for residents, especially seniors who require specialised care.

These include basic and comprehensive hearing assessments as well as hearing-aid evaluation, fitting and rehabilitation services.

Each of the three new mobile audiology clinics, which is managed by three people, packs the necessary equipment, like an audiometer, hearing-aid analyser and a tympanometer, which measures eardrum movement, into a trolley.

These trolleys can then be easily moved from one location to another – for example, from one polyclinic to another, as well as to nearby community centres.

They leverage on a system – developed by researchers from NUH, the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Singapore General Hospital – which eliminates the need for specially sound-proofed rooms to test for hearing loss.

The new clinics come after the introduction of the NUH Mobile Hearing Clinic, which launched in 2015 and is housed in a 24-footer container truck with sound-treated audio rooms to conduct hearing tests and provide hearing aid services.

NUH senior principal audiologist Dr Jenny Loo said the expansion was aimed at providing the...

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