Audiology means the study of hearing and balance. Clinical audiology, in addition to assessing hearing and hearing disorders focuses on helping people cope with and improve their auditory and balance limitations
Audiology is part of South Canterbury District Health Board's Allied Health Service. Audiology services at this DHB include:
- Neonatal assessment and rehabilitation of babies referred from the Newborn Hearing Screening Program.
- Specialised behavioural assessment of hearing in children under four.
- Diagnostic (site of lesion) assessment of adults and older children.
- Hearing aid fitting for infants, children and adults.
- Monitoring of hearing levels for Oncology patients.
- Combined clinics with the Ear Nose and Throat department, both in Timaru and at Ashburton Hospital.
Timaru Hospital Campus
Queen Street, Timaru
Ph: 03 687 2120
Fax: 03 687 2205
GP's follow the guidelines set out in the Aoraki Health Pathways and a referral may be sent electronically via the Electronic Referral Management System. Paper referrals can be addressed to Audiology Clinic Timaru Hospital Private Bag 911 Timaru 7940
Marie-Anne Snackers (MNZAS) - Clinical Lead
Audiologist Phil Winter (MNZAS) - Staff Audiologist
The New Zealand Audiological Society website provides information to the public about Audiology services available in South Canterbury, Audiologist qualifications, assessment options, funding for equipment, inter-professional linkages as well as links to media releases relevant to the field.