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Dr. Patricia Castellanos de Muñoz is the founder and medical director of CEDAF – Hearing Center, in Guatemala City. She is well-known throughout Latin America as a leading expert in audiology, with over 25 years of experience in diagnosing and treating hearing loss in various settings: hospitals, clinics, schools, and philanthropic foundations, for patients of all ages from newborn to elderly.
Since beginning her practice in 1990 as a pioneer in the field of audiology, Dr. Patricia Castellanos continually expands on the strength of several advanced medical degrees by attending annual symposia and training courses with the most highly-respected global manufacturers of hearing loss solutions. Based on international protocols, her innovative options for intervention, together with her extensive knowledge and experience, allow Dr. Castellanos to provide patient services that surpass all other providers in Guatemala and Central America.
CEDAF, Hearing Center is a full-service integrated audiology center dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of hearing loss in babies, children, teenagers, and adults. Dr. Castellanos and the CEDAF, Hearing Center clinic have:
Dr. Castellanos explains: “Early diagnosis and cochlear implant placement are very much related in that cochlear implant is one of the recommended management procedures for children with profound hearing loss, and for adults with progressive hearing loss.”
When children delay speaking and do not pronounce words correctly, or they seem to ignore ambient sounds and lack cognitive ability, these could be indications of hearing loss. Adults could ask you to repeat responses or increase TV volume or tell you they don’t understand your speech above background noises. In these cases, an audiologist should be consulted. There are a variety of audiological tests available to the specialists to allow them to determine with clinical certainty the level of auditory cognizance of a baby, child, or adult. Generally, just one test will be enough to establish a definitive diagnosis.
Inner ear problems should be suspected when someone is experiencing tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Many adults with or without hearing loss suffer from vestibular disorders. Loss of balance or dizziness are strong indicators, and they are the most prevalent symptoms amongst the adult population. CEDAF, Hearing Center is equipped with a specialized vestibular therapeutic center devoted to helping patients regain sure footing and confidence in their mobility.
Whether she is a distinguished guest speaker at sophisticated international ceremonies or diagnosing hundreds of children in the poorest villages, Dr. Patricia Castellanos exudes professionalism, passion, and high standards of care for everyone who has the pleasure of knowing her.
The doctor says, “Every day is different, and a source of tremendous inspiration. We care for the person, their symptoms, and most importantly, the trust that they place in us. We value what they treasure most: Their continued good health.”
Dr. Patricia Castellanos de Muñoz has been an honored guest speaker at workshops and conventions in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, México, India, Moscow, Philippines, among others. She has also attended courses in England, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland, México, and several cities across the USA.
Vital Voices Global Partnership, Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 2017. FedEx, Platinum Sponsor of the VV GROW Fellowship, is a leading global accelerator for women business owners. They are spotlighting three extraordinary women entrepreneurs who are growing businesses, fighting against inequality and driving positive change in their communities.
Centro de Audición y Adiestramiento Fonético – CEDAF, Hearing Centre
Coalition on Global Hearing and Health
Fundacion Sonrisas Que Escuchan – Smiles that Hear Foundation, Guatemala City
World Conference on Prevention of Deafness
Pediatric Audiology Conference
Grupo Coclear – Cochlear Implant Program, Guatemala
Alexander Graham Bell Association for 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. The active membership of more than 12,000 is 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 Internacional – NGO
CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all
Worldwide presentations – CBM:
Sociedad Panamericana de Audiologia. Pan American Society of Audiology – PASA
Vital Voices Global Leadership Network
“Our mission is to invest in women leaders who improve the world. We search the world for a woman leader with a daring vision. Then we partner with her to make that vision a reality.”
Global Resource for Audiology Information – GRAIN
“We focus on helping to describe current audiological practices world-wide and to foster networking among stakeholders in hearing healthcare. We believe this initiative will help promote standardized audiological practices, to help educate consumers of audiological services, and to facilitate standardization of practice guidelines.”
Benemerito Comite Por Ciegos y Sordos de Guatemala Committee for the Blind and Deaf
PRESENTATIONS, SEMINARS, CONSULTATIONS – LATIN AMERICA:
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
University of Florida, Miami Florida, USA
Gallaudet University, Washington DC
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Continuing Education Seminars:
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Dr. Patricia Castellanos has authored articles and textbook chapters on deafness, audiology, cochlear implants, and other topics of interest that have been published in Latin America since 2003.
A Mayan Founder Mutation is a Common Cause of Deafness in Guatemala, by Patricia Castellanos, Claudia Carranza, Ibis Menendez, Mariana Herrera, Nancy Escobar, et al.
The Role of Audiology in Inclusive Education by Patricia Castellanos de Munoz, Au.D.
Affordable Hearing Health Care in South America by P. Castellanos and R Brouillete
Audiological Counselling in a Developing Country: A Journey Through Guatemala by P. Castellanos, B McPherson and R. Brouillete
Please write to us about your experience with the doctor in the “Comments” section below. Other patients will be interested to know more about the doctor’s skill, experience, ethics and personal attention, as they resulted in your successful outcome.
I want to take this opportunity to share with you the reasons why, for over more than a decade, my two hearing aids have become the most vital part of my being, and in general, my personal and professional life. My heating loss began naturally, and I could not get used to my precious hearing aids. I’m so grateful to have better communication with the world around me.
Mr. F. Javier Castellanos, 80 years old, Guatemala
I have been using the Phonak hearing aids since April 2014. They have helped me hear my husband’s voice better, which tends to be in lower tones. They also give me more confidence in social situations. In places where there is a lot of ambient noise, like restaurants, I can now participate in conversations and understand people who are around me.
Elisa, 74 years old
I have neurosensoral hearing loss in both ears – moderate in lower tones, and more seriously in high tones. Being able to listen to so many sounds is wonderful: to be part of a conversation and to participate in classes. I have achieved high grades thanks to the help of my hearing aids, which I have been using since 2001. I am very pleased with the help provided by hearing aids, since with your help I can be part of many activities.
Cristy Camey, 26 years old
For society, being deaf means not being able to speak or hear. However, after a long and sometimes difficult path of perseverance and discipline, plus language therapies and family support, with the use of hearing aids, I have learned to speak and hear. I was diagnosed with profound congenital hearing loss in both ears, and with special education from preschool age until today, I can now hear.
Nicole, 16 years old
My name is Jennifer Estrada, I’m 28 years old. I was diagnosed with hearing loss last year. My otorhinolaryngologist at the time recommended me to CEDAF at the end of January 2016. The doctors suggested that I should use Phonak hearing aids. It has been a long and complicated adaptation period, but with the results it has given me, I am now better able to interact with people and situations that I avoided before because I felt I was not able to do it.
Jennifer Estrada, 28 years old
Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin culture.
Dra. Castellanos is the founder and manager of the Center of Audition and Phonetic Training in Guatemala (CEDAF) and Sonrisas Que Escuchan (Smiles That Listen), the second is her philanthropic organization to treat hearing impaired children and adults in Guatemala. For 8 consecutive years, McDonald’s Corp. of America donates 2000 hearing aids to CEDAF.
“Sonrisas Que Escuchan” is a non-government charity organization founded in 2009, dedicated to the early detection, diagnosis, and management in patients from needy families who do not have the means to pay for private medical attention. The goal is to help hearing-impaired patients to integrate more easily in school, social and work environments.
Through the charitable efforts of Dr. Castellanos’ foundation, teachers, therapists, and doctors, as well as family members, are educated in the methods of detecting and managing hearing loss of the people they love.
We urge you to visit the website and make your contribution to the doctors and therapists who can give the gift of hearing to people who desperately need your help, to hear music, laughter, and a mother’s voice, maybe for the first time in their lives.
Dra. Castellanos is proud to be an integral advisor of Christoffel Blindenmission Internacional – CBM Organization. CBM is an international Christian development organization committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, in the poorest parts of the world. Based on its values and over one hundred years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability. They work in partnership with host countries to create an inclusive society for all.
On 13 December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly introduced the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which provides for measures to be taken by the member states to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their rights under conditions equal to other people. The Convention commits countries that ratify it to recognize that all persons are equal before the law and to prohibit any kind of discrimination on grounds of disability. Guatemala ratified this convention in 2006.
In July 2018, Dra. Castellanos was the presenter and implementor of the Guatemala Hearing Loss Infant Screening and Management in Low Resource Areas Global Grant. This is a joint project of several American and Guatemalan Rotary Clubs, as well as Dr. Paty Castellanos’s “Smiles That Listen” NGO.