Paediatric Audiology

Audiology is the science of hearing, which is vital to a child’s development. Helping children with hearing loss early in life can help them communicate for the rest of their lives. Al Jalila Children’s provides a comprehensive, child-friendly, diagnostic, and rehabilitative audiology service from birth to adolescence. We have particular proficiency in assessing children who are difficult to test, and provide sensitive service for children with hearing loss. Our paediatric specialists actively encourage parental involvement, and devote ample time to listen and understand your little one’s hearing issues. Using state-of-the-art equipment and approaches, we offer comprehensive audiological assessments using both behavioural and electrophysiological measures.

Services

Our services include:

Hearing Loss Genetics

The Al Jalila Children’s Genomics Centre is a state-of-the-art unit that was created to offer a wide range of genetic testing and counselling services, thus filling a notable gap in the region for such a facility in view of the global increasing demand for genetic testing. The Genomics Centre at Al Jalila Children’s possesses cutting-edge technologies capable of conducting the most sophisticated genetic testing. Additionally, a team of highly specialised, western-board certified team of physicians oversee and run the Centre.

Genetics is being rapidly integrated into all aspects of modern medicine and with the support of our genetic counselling core, the first in the UAE, we offer genetic services in our Audiology Clinic. Single and Multi-gene next generation sequencing disease panels should be considered for hearing loss disorders such as:

  • Non-Syndromic Hearing Loss
  • Alport syndrome
  • Stickler syndrome
  • Waardenburg syndrome
  • Marshall syndrome
  • Branchio-oto-renal syndrome
  • Usher syndrome
  • Perrault syndrome

What makes us different?

  • The only advanced CAP-accredited genomic sequencing diagnostics in the UAE and the region with a focus on paediatric disorders
  • The first clinical genomics facility in the UAE to establish in-house bioinformatics and interpretation pipelines following the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) standards
  • The Genetics Laboratory is part of a full-fledged world-class hospital where every patient is assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers a 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof, resulting in a definitive and clear medical solution
  • A Genetic Counseling Core to assist clinicians and families in understanding all aspects of genetic testing (ordering, billing, consenting, recurrence risk assessment, result disclosure, family planning)
  • Al Jalila Children’s is the only paediatric centre in the region to staff American board-certified genetic counsellors

Team

Dr. Mohamad Bitar

Paediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon

Dr. Tanvir Nazir

Paediatric Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon

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