Hearing Loss Program

Specially Trained Providers Giving Care to Children and Teens
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  Causes of hearing damage

The Hearing Loss Program team at Children’s consists of pediatric-trained otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) and experienced pediatric audiologists (hearing specialists) who can provide comprehensive care for children and teens with hearing loss. 

Hearing loss in a child's ear can have many causes. The early identification of childhood hearing disorders is important in treating them.

 

Learn more about our program and the importance of early identification of hearing loss.

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The Children's Hearing Loss Program provides a comprehensive approach to treating children, teens and young adults with hearing loss. Our pediatric otolaryngologists, audiologists and therapists collaborate to offer a continuum of care that is unmatched. 

 
     
 
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    Rehab locationsAudiology (hearing) services are offered at all of our outpatient rehabilitation locations, except Sandy Plains.

    Call 404-785-7174 for more information or to set up an appointment.

 
     

Evaluation


We use a variety of methods tailored to pediatric patients to find the source of a child’s problem and treat it properly. We also routinely assess patients scheduled for speech-language evaluations to determine if hearing may be an underlying factor in a child’s speech and language difficulties. Our diagnostic services include:

  • Behavioral hearing evaluation–assessment of hearing that is adapted to a child’s age and level of development. This type of testing may begin as young as 6 months.
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR)–assessment of auditory nerve function that may be used for infants, young children or those who cannot reliably be assessed with behavioral evaluation.
  • Newborn hearing screening–participation in the national and state initiatives to identify potential hearing difficulties in newborns.
  • Middle ear evaluation–assessment of the ear drum and middle ear muscle reflexes.
  • Otoacoustic emission testing–assessment of the cochlea, the organ of hearing in the inner ear.

Treatment


For children, adolescents and teens diagnosed with hearing loss, our audiologists can identify the specific type of hearing technology that will work best for them.

  • Hearing aids–We match children with the appropriate state-of-the-art, digital hearing technology through our hearing aid evaluation process. We then provide the fitting and maintenance services.
  • Bone conduction and bone anchored hearing aids–These hearing aids are used with children who cannot use traditional hearing aids. We provide fitting, programming and follow-up services for these specialized devices.
  • FM systems and assistive listening devices–Children with hearing loss may benefit from additional technology to help them have improved hearing in challenging listening situations like the classroom. Our audiologists can test your child to see if he may benefit from these devices.
  • Cochlear implant services–For children, adolescents and teens who are profoundly deaf, we offer a cochlear implant program. Through this program, our audiologists provide assessment, programming and follow-up care for the implant after surgery.
   
 
Auditory-VerbalTherapy

Auditory-verbal therapy is a spoken language approach to teaching communication. Auditory-verbal therapists help children with mild through profound hearing loss to use their hearing devices to:

  • Listen
  • Understand spoken language
  • Speak with confidence

The approach uses a guiding set of principles to maximize the use of hearing devices and residual sound. It emphasizes hearing as the primary sense for gathering information, as opposed to vision or touch.