Profound hearing loss
Progressive hearing loss
Hearing Aids – Fitting and Programming
Diagnosis and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders
ABR (auditory evoked potentials) testing
OAE (oto-acoustic emissions) Testing
Middle Ear and Bone Conduction Implants
Vertigo and Dizziness
Tinnitus – Ringing in the Ears
Dr. Patricia Castellanos de Muñoz is the founder and medical director of CEDAF – Centro de Audición y Entrenamiento Fonético, in Guatemala City. She has more than 25 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of audiology in different contexts: hospitals, clinics, schools, and philanthropic foundations, for patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors.
Since beginning her practice in 1990 as a pioneer in the field of audiology, Dr. Patricia Castellanos continually builds on the strength of several advanced medical degrees by attending annual symposiums and training courses with the world’s most respected manufacturers of hearing loss solutions. Based on international protocols, her innovative intervention options, along with her extensive knowledge and experience, allow Dr. Castellanos to provide services to patients that surpass all providers in Guatemala and Central America.
CEDAF is a comprehensive audiology center dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and management, and reversal of hearing impairment in infants, children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Castellanos and the CEDAF clinic have:
Conducted thousands of ABR and OAE tests, the leading test for early hearing screening and diagnosis.
Fitted and supervised over 7000 hearing aids in children and adults.
Audiological management of 120 cochlear implant surgeries in Guatemala and other countries.
Specialized in the calibration and placement of hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone anchor and middle bone implants, with Mrs. Christa Mury de Tobar, a certified audio prosthetic.
Dr. Castellanos explains that: “Early diagnosis and cochlear implant placement are closely related, in that cochlear implantation is one of the recommended management procedures for profoundly hearing impaired children and for adults with progressive hearing loss”.
When children are slow to speak and do not pronounce words correctly, or seem to ignore environmental sounds and lack cognitive ability, it could be an indication of hearing loss. Adults may ask you to repeat answers or increase the volume of the television, or tell you that they do not understand your speech over background noises. In these cases, an audiologist should be consulted. There are a variety of audiological tests available to specialists to enable them to determine with clinical certainty the level of auditory awareness of an infant, child, or adult. Usually, only one test will be sufficient to establish a definitive diagnosis.
Inner ear problems should be suspected when someone is experiencing tinnitus, or when their ears are ringing. Many adults with or without hearing loss suffer from vestibular disorders. Loss of balance or dizziness are strong indicators and are the most frequent symptoms among the adult population. CEDAF’s clinic is equipped with a specialized vestibular therapy center dedicated to helping patients regain balance and confidence in their mobility.
Whether she is a guest lecturer for special international ceremonies or diagnosing hundreds of children in the poorest villages, Dr. Patricia Castellanos exudes professionalism, passion, and high standards of care to all who have the pleasure of meeting her.
In the words of Dr. Castellanos: “Every day is different, a source of tremendous inspiration. We care for the person, their symptoms, and, most importantly, the trust they place in us. We value what they value most: their continued good health.
University of Florida, Miami, Florida, USA
Gallaudet University, Washington DC
McGill University, Montreal, Canadá
University of Valle de Guatemala
Continuing education seminars:
Dr. Castellanos has been a guest speaker at workshops and conventions in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, India, Moscow, Philippines, among others. She has also attended courses in England, Germany, Argentina, Mexico and several cities in the United States.
Vital Voices Global Partnership, Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 2017. FedEx, a platinum sponsor of VV’s GROW Fellowship, is a leading global accelerator for women business owners. They highlight three extraordinary women entrepreneurs who are growing their businesses, fighting inequality and driving positive change in their communities.
Dr. Patricia Castellanos de Muñoz, the only licensed audiologist in Guatemala, joined the Vital Voices VV Grow Fellowship because she wanted to grow her business, empower women and help people in her community who couldn’t afford hearing aids. Listen to Dr. Castellanos de Muñoz tell her story and why she encourages women entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.
Center for Hearing and Phonetic Training – CEDAF
Coalition on Hearing and Health Worldwide
Sonrisas Que Escuchan Foundation, Guatemala City
World conference on the prevention of deafness
Pediatric Audiology Conference
Grupo Coclear – Cochlear Implants Program, Guatemala
Alexander Graham Bell, Association of the Deaf, Washington, DC
American Academy of Audiology
The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists. Its more than 12,000 active members are dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.
Audiology Foundation of America
Christoffel Blindenmission International – NGO.
CBM is an international Christian development organization committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional experience, CBM addresses poverty as both a cause and consequence of disability and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.
Worldwide Presentations with CBM:
Pan American Society of Audiology – PASA
Vital Voices Global Leadership Network
“Our mission is to invest in women leaders who will improve the world. We search the world for a woman leader with a bold vision. Then we partner with her to make that vision a reality.”
Global Audiology Information Resource – GRAIN
“We are focused on helping to describe current audiological practices around the world and to encourage networking among stakeholders in hearing healthcare. We believe this initiative will help promote standardized audiological practices, help educate consumers of audiological services, and facilitate the standardization of practice guidelines.”
Committee for the Blind and Deaf in Guatemala
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