Infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children are referred to our Pediatric Clinic for a variety of reasons: the baby may have failed the hospital newborn hearing screening, the infant may have a persistent ear infection or delayed vocalizations, the toddler may show delayed speech or language, the school-age child may have failed the school screen.
Children who are seen don't think they are being tested. They are never separated from their parents for the hearing test. None of the tests hurt. They are tested with pediatric procedures involving games, light up rewards, and fun on the iPAD.
Procedures measure middle ear and inner ear problems, including perforated ear drums, "fluid in the ear," hearing loss, perceptual problems. Tests include tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, visual reinforcement audiometry, play audiometry, bone conduction, auditory brainstem evoked response with bluetooth compatibility. Bluetooth ABR testing permits the child to move around. Infants received the Distortion Product Otoacoustic emission test and/or ABR and high frequency tympanometry.
Services for children include:
Many times hearing loss goes undetected for years before being diagnosed and properly treated.
You can take a short hearing self-test and see if you currently experience any conditions that are indications of hearing loss.