Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences


Department of Otolaryngology 

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at king Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre provides a high quality medical care through comprehensive diagnosis, management & treatment of various otolaryngological diseases.

The scope of service includes medical, surgical, audiological and speech therapy treatments.  We have vast experience with otolaryngological diseases related to organ transplant, and immunocompromised patients.  Also, we have a unique experience in the Kingdom in Head and Neck Cancer, Cochlear Implants, Rhinology, General Otolaryngology, Otology, as well as complicated paranasal sinus and ear diseases including skull base surgeries. 

Quality of provided services:

 We are adhering to the International North American standards of operations, diagnosis, and management.


Audiology Section

Overview of Services:

The Audiology Clinic:

Our Audiology Clinic serves KFSHRC’s outpatient and inpatient departments, as well as KFCCC. We provide routine and specialized diagnostic and screening tests of hearing and balance for patients of all ages, as well as prevention and specialized audiological management services ranging from simple amplification devices (i.e. hearing aids) to sophisticated pre/post-cochlear implant management.

The Aural Rehabilitation Clinic:
Provides highest level of rehabilitative services designed to meet the needs of children and adults with hearing impairment, who are using amplification (such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, BAHA, etc.). Pediatric rehabilitation focuses on the development of auditory and language skills in hearing impaired children, supporting their right to listen and communicate using spoken language.


Hearing Conservation
The audiologist designs, implements and coordinates hearing conservation programs. This includes identification and amelioration of noise-hazardous conditions, identification of hearing loss, recommendation and counseling on use of hearing protection, and employee education. Four preventive programs of hearing screening and monitoring are being offered at the Audiology clinic in KFSHRC:

  • Universal Newborn Hearing Screening of high risk neonates, as well as well babies.
  • Pediatric pre-chemotherapy hearing assessment and monitoring.
  • Baseline hearing assessment of employees working in Laundry unit, and are at risk of noise induced hearing loss.
  • Baseline hearing assessment of employees working in Hyperbaric unit, and are at risk of noise induced hearing loss.

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Section

Overview of Services:

  1. The practice of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) includes the evaluation and treatment of conditions that directly and/or indirectly affect health and/or safety, as well as, all aspects of human communication.  In addition, the domain of dysphagia (swallowing and feeding disorders), across the life span.
  2. Communication Disorders seen by the Speech Language Pathology include:
    1. Language Disorders (Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics)
    2. Speech Disorders (Articulation, Phonology, Resonance)
    3. Cognitive Linguistic Disorders
    4. Voice Disorders
    5. Fluency Disorders
    6. Alaryngeal speech Rehabilitation (Tracheoesophageal puncture, electrolarynx)
    7. Tracheostomy (Speaking valve placement and training)
    8. Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (for patients with Parkinson’s Disease)

     3.Population of patients seen with swallowing Disorders:

    1. Neonatal feeding disorders
    2. Head and Neck cancer
    3. Critical care (ICU)
    4. Post lung transplant
    5. Patient with various neurological conditions
    6. Patients post-transplant (lungs, liver, renal)
    7. Oncology
    8. Cardiology