Welcome to the audiology services at the
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the
American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Here, we
provide caring and responsible consultations under the
supervision of board-certified audiologists and trained speech
therapists to help patients achieve the very best quality,
auditory, and vestibular healthcare.
Using state-of-the-art equipment and technology, our
highly-experienced staff identify and assess all types of
hearing, balance disorders, and speech pathologies in a
We also counsel on selecting amplification systems, such as
hearing aids and assistive listening devices that utilize
cutting-edge technologies. Patients are advised on the
prevention of hearing loss, and we can also fit protective
devices (earplugs or earmuffs).
What Makes Us Unique?
Our senior audiologist holds board certification from the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is a fellow
of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and is licensed to
practice audiology. Our speech therapist and senior audiology
assistants all hold recognized diplomas and have many years of
experience. All our staff are active in research and teaching
activities and constantly stay abreast of current developments
in their field through continuing education.
Using specialized equipment, the audiology team is able to
obtain accurate results about hearing loss and vestibular
function. Diagnostic tests include:
- Pure Tone and Speech Audiometry
Behavioral tests that
determine a patientís type and degree of hearing loss. Speech
tests determine communication deficits and assist with
- Balance and Vestibular Assessment
Battery of tests
that evaluate vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium due to
central and peripheral, vestibular disorders using videonystagmography (VNG).
- Immitance Testing
Battery of tests that evaluate
middle-ear and stapedius muscle function using air pressure
variations and acoustic signals.
- Auditory Evoked Potentials
tests that estimate hearing or assist in the differential
diagnosis of various, peripheral and central, audiological
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
Objective tests that assess
cochlear, outer-hair, cell function. OAE testing is useful for
screening hearing in the pediatric population and assessing
cochlear function in patients with sudden hearing loss, exposure
to ototoxic medications, acoustic trauma, or Meniereís Disease.
Cochlear Implant Assessment
A variety of audiological
tests used to determine if a patient is suitable for cochlear
implantation and to monitor post-operative progress.
- Hearing Rehabilitative Services
American board-certified professionals (CCC-A) assist patients in choosing hearing aids or assistive, listening devices to get the best possible hearing result. After a thorough assessment has been carried out, and the technology/style requirements have been discussed, we help the patient select the appropriate hearing aid for her/his educational, professional, or social needs.
Training and Educational
Our qualified speech and language therapist works closely with
individuals of all ages who have speech, language, and swallowing
disorders to achieve their maximum communication potential.
Typically, patients begin with a baseline assessment of their
functional abilities using formal tests and computer tools.
Based on the evaluation results, the therapist develops a
customized therapy program for each patient to suit her/his
individual condition. Therapy is delivered during regular
sessions which are held individually or in a group. For young
patients, therapy includes working with the patientís caretakers
to promote a family-centered approach to patient care.
Rehabilitation After Cochlear Implantation
As part of our Cochlear Implant Program, we offer vital support
in the rehabilitation phase after cochlear implantation. To
ensure the patient obtains the maximum benefit from the implant,
competent professionals offer educational advice and support,
speech and language therapy, speech processor programming, and
regular, medical check-ups. The team of professionals is always
available for help, advice, and support.
We also provide first-class training and education modules to
medical students and residents, as well as other services to the
community at large:
- Community Outreach Activities:
We participate, with
community groups, in activities designed to help build hearing-loss awareness and prevention.
- Screening Programs:
We provide hearing screenings for schools,
hospitals, industry, and the community.
- Training Services:
We develop workshops for patients,
audiologists, otolaryngologists, and other healthcare providers
and provide lectures for medical students and residents.
- Educational Planning:
We assist and direct parents and teachers
with educational planning.
- Hearing Conservation Programs:
We offer special services to the
community and industry, such as employee education, safety
training, noise surveys, and noise management planning.
- Kim S. Abouchacra, PhD, CCC-A, Associate Professor and Director of Audiology
- George M. Zaytoun, MD, Clinical Professor and Director of Cochlear Implant Program
- Nora Jeranian, Departmental Secretary, Otolaryngology - Head
and Neck Surgery
- Reem Kteish, Clerk, Audiology Services
- Suzan Atallah, B.Sc, Senior Audiology Assistant
- Majida Nimeh, B.Sc, Senior Audiology Assistant
- Reine Koussayer, Audiology Assistant
- Angelina Hammad, Audiology Assistant
- Dollen Tabri, M.Sc, Speech Language Therapist
Audiology services, including speech therapy and the Hearing Aid
Rehabilitation Center, are located on the sixth floor in the
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, AUBMC, Beirut, Lebanon.
- To schedule an appointment, kindly call 00961-1-340460, 350000 or 374444, ext. 5749.
- For speech therapy appointments, kindly contact Ms. Tabri directly on ext. 5478 or leave a message on ext. 5749.
- To coordinate your audiology appointment via e-mail, kindly write to
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm