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What is Audiology?

It is the study of hearing, balance and related disorders. Audiology will determine whether someone can hear within the normal range, and if not, which portions of hearing (high, middle, or low frequencies) are affected and to what degree.

Types of Hearing Loss:

Conductive: Damage to the outer/and or middle ear

  • Ear infections
  • Abnormal ear structures
  • Excessive wax
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Perforation of the eardrum
  • Foreign body in the ear

Sensori-Neural: Damage to the inner ear or the eighth cranial nerve that carries auditory signals to the brain.

  • Meningitis
  • Problems at birth
  • Noise exposure
  • Aging
  • Certain drugs
  • Birth defects

Mixed Hearing Loss: Combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss

  • Damage to the outer, middle and the inner ear.

Who should have a Hearing Test?

Newborns To Elderly People should be tested

  • Newborn Babies all babies should have a hearing test just after delivery of before the age of 6 months
  • Pre-School Children should have regular hearing tests to identify any conditions that could be affecting their speech and language development.
  • Primary School Children should have hearing tests early, to identify any hearing impairment, as treatment is more likely to be effective the earlier problems are diagnosed. Hearing Impairments can affect social and educational development.
  • High School Children: Just like adults, high school children are at risk for Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). This type of hearing loss occurs when tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear are damaged by noises that are too loud and that last for too long. NIHL is permanent! Hearing loss could also be due to ear infections, perforated eardrums or congenital.
  • The ability to hear well helps children academically, in sports and other activities, and with their social and emotional being. Many sources of noise that can potentially damage children's hearing are part of their daily, normal lives.
  • All employees exposed to excessive noise at or above 85DBshould have a base-line Audiometry Screening test before they start employment (Pre-employment Medical), then periodically and at termination of employment; annually if exposure is between 85 dB – 100 dB and every 6 months if exposure is 105dB and above.

Procedure of the Hearing Test

This depends on the age of the person, but all procedures are completely pain free.

What should be done if you fail a Hearing Test?

Book an appointment with our Audiologist for a comprehensive diagnostic audiology evaluation of your hearing. The audiologist will conduct certain procedures to determine if you have any hearing loss and, if so, the type and degree of the loss.

Will Medical Aid Pay?

Confirm the audiological benefits with their medical aid. Cash payments are also possible.

How do you book a Test?

Contact Matsapha Healthcare to book an appointment, at 2518 4110 or email .


T: +268 2518 4110
F: +268 2518 4713
Farm 34 Plot 43, Matsapha Crescent, Matsapha
PO Box 1075, Manzini, Swaziland
Clinic Manager: Verne Von Wissell

GPS coordinates: S 26°15.977' E 031°09.681'

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