A child’s ability to hear can have a major impact on her ability to learn, to acquire language skills, and to speak. At Children’s Health℠ our trained professionals can help diagnose and treat hearing loss that occurs in all, from the smallest infants through those in their teens. All audiology services are provided by certified and licensed clinical audiologists who specialize in pediatric assessment.
Why Children’s Health℠?
The physicians in the Department are board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. They are also members of the faculty at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. This means that they not only stay up to date with the latest innovations in the care of children with hearing problems, but they also are actively involved in actually developing them.
Conditions We Treat
A wide variety of procedures are available to assess a child’s ability to hear and process sounds at various developmental stages, including:
- Audiological consultation
- Behavioral hearing evaluation
- Visual reinforcement audiometry
- Conditioned play audiometry
- Tympanometry/acoustic reflex
- Otoacoustic emissions
- Auditory brainstem response (including bone conduction and tone burst ABRs)
- Screening auditory brainstem response for infants 0-6 months of age.
The Audiology department at Children’s Health offers ototoxic monitoring services. Some medication can damage hearing or make current conditions worse. These are known as being “ototoxic.” There are times when these kinds of drugs are very important in treating another illness, though, and must be used.
The physicians who practice at Children’s Health perform tests before, during and, after the use of these drugs to see if there has been any hearing loss. In some children early intervention can halt or slow down the loss. For others, prompt care, such as being fitted for hearing aids, can avoid problems with speaking and learning later on.
Diagnosis and intervention are provided by a team consisting of an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, parents, teachers and, on many occasions, psychologists.
Pediatric audiologists are skilled in evaluation of newborns and use state-of-the art procedures to provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of infants at risk for hearing loss.