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Jumeira Street 136, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 00000 - 20.47 kilometers
Neuropedia Childrens Neuroscience Center - 20.47 kilometers
Jumeira Street 136, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 00000
Language Therapy

Andria Calicchio graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, in 2008. Soon after graduating, she worked for a government hospital in South Africa as part of her community service, where she set up both a NICU feeding clinic and audiology out-patient clinic.  

After working within a private practice in South Africa for 2 years, where she saw both paediatric and adult patients, she decided to move to Dubai. Andria worked at a private medical centre in Dubai for 4 years, focusing on paediatrics and school-based therapy. She has provided one to one sessions, group sessions as well as multi-disciplinary sessions, and classroom-based activities. She has experience in oral-motor therapy, stuttering therapy, auditory processing therapy, visual-auditory based therapy for hearing impaired, and language therapy. She is also certified in interactive metronome and completed levels 1 – 3 of the Orton Gillingham dyslexia program.

Andria’s main focus and passion are on early intervention therapy and inclusion of children with learning difficulties and developmental disorders within mainstream schools. She previously held a position of Head of Schools in which she oversaw all therapy-based interventions within schools, assisted schools with the training of staff and helped develop therapy within mainstream schools within Dubai. Andria’s focus was also on training both teachers and parents in childhood disorders, as well as provided workshops where needed.

Andria bases all therapy and intervention within the importance of the patient’s triad within their life: school/work/environment, family and therapy. She strongly feels that all aspects need to work together in order to fully assist any patient. With a passion for inclusion, Andria is currently completing her masters in inclusive education in Dubai schools, focusing on early years and hearing-impaired learners.

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What is an Audiologist?

An audiologist is a hearing health expert. They specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and ear-led balance disorders in people of every age. Think of them as ear doctors and you can’t go far wrong! An audiologist has a deep and comprehensive knowledge about the auditory and vestibular systems, plus a lot of expertise in sound reproduction, which matters a lot when you want your hearing aid to fit comfortably and work properly. 

An audiologist treats people with hearing loss and does what they can to prevent more damage or related damage. They use a raft of special tests and diagnostic tools to pin down whether someone has an abnormal sensitivity to sound.  

When to see an Audiologist?

You may want to see an audiologist if you have tinnitus, excessive ear wax or sudden hearing loss. If you start to lose your ability to hear high-frequency sounds or you have to turn the TV up high, a visit might be worthwhile. The same goes if you start avoiding social occasions because your hearing is so bad, or your balance fails you and you keep getting dizzy. You may find your GP refers you if they suspect an audiology related problem. 

What conditions does an Audiologist treat?

Audiologists treat a wide range of ear and hearing-related issues, including these common ones: 

  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Inner ear disorders 
  • Noise hearing loss
  • Impacted or excess ear wax
  • An unusual sensitivity to noise
  • Tinnitus

What subspecialties are included under Audiology?

Audiology subspecialties include hearing implantation, balance specialists, adult and child audiology, hearing therapy, and hearing issues in newborns.