Hearing Diagnosis and Treatment
The Audiology Department at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center offers a broad range of age-appropriate testing and evaluation services for infants, children and adolescents. These tests can assess whether sound is being conducted efficiently, or if there is damage to the inner ear or nerve pathways. We can also perform tests to determine if the brain is processing what your child is hearing. Our goal is to accurately diagnose your child and determine the most effective treatment option to maximize their hearing potential.
After your child is tested, the audiologist will discuss your child's diagnosis with you, along with recommendations for appropriate treatment. Depending on the type of hearing disorder, a hearing aid or other amplification device may be recommended. The audiologist will guide you and your child through every step of the selection, fitting, use and care of these devices.
If your child is diagnosed with any degree of hearing loss, we will refer you to appropriate resources including an ear, nose and throat specialist, ophthalmologist, geneticist, speech-language pathologist and to Early Intervention Services, if your child is under the age of three. If your child is over the age of 3 they may qualify for services through your local school district.