The Audiology Department provides evaluation and rehabilitative services primarily for children from birth to 21 years of age, but we also work with adults upon request. To see our locations, click here.
Our extraordinary team strives to provide you and your child with the best possible care. We do our very best to empower you and your family to make informed decisions about the hearing evaluation treatment process, amplification or cochlear implant options, as well as educational or language stimulation choices.
Our services include:
- Diagnostic hearing tests: This is an evaluation of how well your child can hear. The technique used for testing will depend on the developmental (cognitive) age of your child. Our goal is always to try to obtain ear-specific information so that we know how well your child hears in each ear. A diagnostic hearing test also includes immittance testing and/or otoacoustic emissions testing (both described below).
- Immittance measures such as tympanometry: This test will let us know how well the eardrum and the three bones behind the eardrum move.. It will allow us to know if the possibility of a middle ear dysfunction like fluid behind the eardrum, an ear infection, a perforation in the eardrum, or a number of other conditions exists.
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- Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing: This is an evaluation of the cochlea (the organ of hearing) and it will let us know if this part of the ear is functioning well.
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- Auditory evoked potential testing (brainstem auditory evoked response and auditory steady state response testing): The Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER or ABR) as well as the Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) tests are methods of testing the auditory system when a hearing test cannot be performed behaviorally. A child might not be able to be assessed behaviorally either because the child is too young, or the child cannot cooperate during the diagnostic hearing test. The BAER/ASSR test is done while the child/baby is asleep and relaxed. Depending on the age and medical condition of the child, the test will be completed either under natural sleep or under sedation/anesthesia.
- Cochlear implant candidacy: Cochlear implants are an alternative for children with severe to profound hearing loss. In order to know if a child is a candidate, they must first undergo series of evaluations do determine if they are a candidate for implantation.
- To learn more about the cochlear implant candidacy process, click here.
- Hearing aid evaluation, fitting and management: If your child is diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss, they will most likely need a hearing aid (or hearing aids) in order to have access to all the sounds required to access spoken language. During the hearing aid evaluation, (known as a Hearing Aid Consult), we discuss the amplification options available for your child. During the fitting of the hearing aid(s) we will program the hearing aid(s) according to your child’s needs and hearing loss and will teach you (and your child) how to use and care for the hearing aid(s). At the follow up, we will test your child’s hearing with his hearing aids on (if appropriate)
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- Hearing assistive technology & FM systems: Assistive technology and FM systems helps people with hearing loss to have access to sounds, especially in noisy environments.
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- Cochlear implant program management: If your child receives a cochlear implant, they will be followed up by our cochlear implant audiologists.
- To learn more about the cochlear implant program, click here.