Target population

Pediatric and adult population: newborns and pediatric, young, adult and elderly patients.
Introduction

The Speech therapy service started with one professional speech therapist at the clinic’s foundation and currently, 15 professionals with postgraduate training, divided into the specialty fields of the profession are part of the service: audiology, language disorders in children and adults, speech therapy, myofunctional therapy, voice disorders and dysphagia. Additionally, the Service takes part in seven interdisciplinary groups for comprehensive management of a variety of clinical states.

For 14 years Fundación Valle del Lili’s Audiology service has provided services with a high level of quality and continuous development in facilities, technology, procedures, hearing aid devices and auditory electrophysiology tests.

Target population

The Speech Therapy service provides medical attention to people throughout their life, from newborns to elderly patients, either in the outpatient or hospitalization service. Additionally, the Audiology service provides humane care under the highest professional standards to target populations, who require hearing assessment and/or hearing aids customization.

 

The speech therapy service takes part in various programs, clinical services and interdisciplinary teams such as: Education to dysphagia patients caregivers, feeding techniques (addressed to new staff), Cochlear Implant Group, Pediatric Nutritional Support, Interdisciplinary Team for chronic cough, voice Disorders Management Clinic, Glioma Management Clinic and “Operación Sonrisa” (Operation Smile). In addition, the service participates in the editorial committees of “Carta de la Salud” (Health Letter) and the institutional magazine.

In the Audiology service, diagnostic procedures to detect, study and manage auditory pathologies are performed.

Diagnostic procedures:

Basic audiology:

– Audiometry for children and adults.

– Logoaudiometry

– Acoustic immittance testing.

– Acoustic fatigue testing.

– Eustachian tube function tests.

  • Normal membrane.
  • Perforated membrane.

– Recruitment tests.

– Distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE).

Auditory electrophysiology:

  • Otoneurological Auditory Evoked Potential.
  • Steady-state Auditory Evoked Potentials.
  • Frequency-Specific Auditory evoked potentials.
  • Electrocochleography.
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP).
  • Auditory Evoked Potentials during anesthesia.
  • Newborn Hearing Screening.
    • Automated Auditory Evoked Potentials.
    • Otoacoustic emissions.

Assessment, Study and Adaptation of Hearing Aids:

  • Conventional hearing aids.
  • Bone conduction hearing devices.
  • Cochlear Implant Program.

Making of hearing protectors:

  • Custom Hearing protectors for water.
  • Custom Hearing protectors for noise.

15 professionals covering all fields of the profession are part of the Speech Therapy service. The team has 3 audiologists, 3 specialized in adult and child language disorders (1 speech therapist-psychologist with a Specialization in Language and a Master degree in Neuropsychology, 1 speech therapist with a Master degree in Neuropsychology and 1 physician with training in Language and Learning), 2 speech therapists trained in Videofluroscopy, 3 in Myofunctional Therapy, 3 in Dysphagia (specialized in Speech Therapy Critical Care), and 2 specialized in speech and voice disorders.

Currently, the Audiology service has 3 highly qualified Speech Therapists specialized in Audiology with extensive professional experience and great human skills.

Fundación Valle del Lili’s Speech Therapy service is characterized by the high academic training of its professionals, its active participation in 7 interdisciplinary clinics favoring medical and therapeutic processes of patients and conducting individual therapies. Additionally, our staff is in continuous training and they participate as speakers in interdisciplinary symposiums and congresses.

The Audiology service is committed to satisfy our patients’ needs regarding the assessment, prevention, medical care, diagnostic accuracy and hearing management. It has cutting-edge technology equipment and professionals with great human skills and extensive experience, continuously improving and working as an interdisciplinary team involving several specialties, as needed, seeking to improve the quality of life of patients who may have hearing loss and their families.

Specialist in Speech Therapy