The outpatient clinics in ASDC were established in the year 1993 to provide comprehensive and varied services to all age groups and from all areas of the Gaza Strip. The services provided include primary and diagnostic hearing testing, hearing aid fitting, ear mould production, hearing aid repair, speech and language therapy.
The department includes the following clinics:
- Audiology Clinic: offers it services to the local community, the clinic employs audiology experts specialised in evaluating and diagnosing hearing problems and hearing aid fitting. The clinic also includes two labs one specialised in hearing aid repair and maintenance and the second in ear mould production. The clinic also employs a social worker which provides services to the clinic’s beneficiaries.
- Speech and Language Development Clinic: the clinic consists of two units both offering speech and language development services to children enrolled in the Atfaluna early intervention program, the Atfaluna School and other students from outside Atfaluna in need of speech therapy sessions.
- Outreach Community Hearing Screening Clinic: the work of the clinic is part of ASDC’s outreach services being offered to the community. The clinic offers free-of-charge hearing screening on a daily basis in local kindergartens, public schools, UNRWA schools, local organisations, local CSOs, across the Gaza Strip. During screening activities community awareness is carried out by an awareness expert and information filled brochures are distributed to the beneficiaries. Thousands of persons are screened for hearing loss on an annual basis through the outreach program. Referrals are made to ASDC outpatient clinics for further testing and diagnosis and often to other specialized doctors depending on the case.