Although the ear is a small part of the body, it can have a big impact on a child’s life. When a child has hearing difficulties, it can affect the development of his communication, academic and social skills.
Children’s pediatric audiologists (hearing specialists) specialize in identifying hearing loss and designing a rehabilitation plan. Our audiologists work with pediatric-trained otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat, or ENT) surgeons to provide comprehensive care. We use current hearing technology and communication training to help children develop listening and language skills.
Our professionals use a variety of methods to find the source of a hearing problem and determine treatment. We 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.
We also address problems related to recognizing and interpreting sounds. A child with auditory processing disorder has difficulty with how the brain processes, or hears, auditory information. This type of disorder may cause difficulties with listening, understanding speech and following directions. It’s not a result of permanent hearing loss, attention difficulties or a developmental disorder. Children must be at least 7 years old for an auditory processing evaluation.
In addition, pediatric audiologists provide vestibular rehabilitation services, including comprehensive evaluation and treatment, to identify and relieve symptoms of ear-related balance problems.
We offer our audiology services at all Children’s outpatient neighborhood locations except Sandy Plains. Call 404-785-7174 for more information or to make an appointment.
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Learn more about our services to address hearing loss, including cochlear implants