Pediatric Services

our littlest patients deserve the very best care
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Pediatric Services

our littlest patients deserve the very best care
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Behavioral Audiometry

Behavioral Audiometry Evaluations will test how a person responds to sound overall. All though non-invasive, the person being tested must be awake and actively respond to sounds heard during the test.

Hearing Test

We keep in mind when testing our younger patients that we are working with children and not little adults. The testing used to assess the hearing of infants and children will vary according to the age of the child.

Otoacoustic Emission Testing

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) testing checks the inner ear response to sound. Because this test does not rely on a person’s response behavior, the person being tested can be sound asleep during the test.

Cochlear Implants for Children

A cochlear implant may help many children with severe to profound hearing loss — even very young children. It gives that child a way to hear when a hearing aid is not enough.  A cochlear implant sends sound signals directly to the hearing nerve.

Hearing Aids for Children

Hearing aids can be worn by people of any age including infants. Young babies with hearing loss can understand sounds better by using hearing aids. Hearing aids will give your child the chance to learn speech skills right from birth.

Information specific to pediatric patients

We understand your apprehension. Our goal is to provide superior hearing healthcare to our youngest patients in a warm, supportive environment.  Our audiological consultations, analysis and treatment are highly individualized to meet the needs of both your child and family.

1. Why does my child need a hearing test?
There are many reasons that a child made need to have a hearing test:  delayed speech, delayed developmental, craniofacial abnormalities, autism,  or a suspected auditory processing deficit are just a few.
2. What could cause my child to have hearing loss?
Hearing science professionals estimate that 1 baby in 300 is born with some degree of hearing loss.  The cause of your child’s hearing loss will be one of the following:

  1. Genetic – 50% of cases
  2. Non-genetic due to illness or trauma – 25% of cases
  3. Unknown – 25% of cases
3. What are the signs of hearing loss in an infant?
Babies and infants with normal hearing usually respond according to the list below. If your baby is not responding as expected or they are delayed in their development, an assessment of their hearing should be considered.

  • Newborn babies – newborn babies will generally ‘startle’ or jump in response to sudden loud noises. They will also sometimes turn their head in the direction of sound.
  • By 2 months – your baby’s hearing has improved. They should now be able to hear sounds in different pitches, intensities and tones.
  • By 3-4 months – your baby starts to recognise your voice (parents) and can vocalise consonant sounds (M, K, G, P and B) and some vowel sounds.
  • By 5-6 months – your baby may start giggling at this point. Babbling sounds start sounding more like words.
  • By 8-9 months – your baby starts to understand the relationship between words and gestures.
  • By 11-12 months – your baby is now starting to understand simple words like “milk” “bottle” or “bath”. They should also be starting to say words like “Mama” or “bye-bye”.
4. Could my child's hearing loss be temporary?

We won’t know the answer to this question until we complete a through assessment of your child’s hearing, but below are a few common causes of temporary hearing loss in children.

Infection – This type of temporary hearing loss in most common in children who attend day care. An infection can sometimes cause fluid to accumulate in the middle ear, restricting movement of the eardrum and causing hearing loss. Once the infection and fluids subside, so does the hearing loss.

Blockage  – It is not uncommon for excess earwax buildup to cause temporary hearing loss in children. Although this is true, it is still important to remember safe earwax removal techniques and stay away from Q-tips. The safest way to remove excess earwax from a toddler or child’s ear is to have it professionally removed by a specialist.

Trauma – If a child hits their head, they can suffer temporary hearing loss from blood rushing to their middle ear. If this happens, take your child into the doctor – because this may be a sign of a more serious type of hearing loss. 

Swimmer’s Ear – The common condition we associate with children and summers does have the capacity to cause temporary hearing loss. Swimmer’s ear causes fluid buildup and swelling that can limit the sounds that reach the eardrums. The hearing loss usually clears up along with the infection in about a week.

5. Should my child wear hearing protection?
Yes your child’s hearing should be protected from excessive amounts of noise. Here are a few tips to help your children learn to use hearing protection.

  • Set clear rules for when hearing protectors should be worn. Tell your children that you expect them to wear hearing protectors in noisy areas, even when you aren’t there to supervise. For example, is your child in the school band or going riding on a dirt bike? It’s time for your child to put on hearing protectors.
  • Shop for hearing protectors with them. Discuss with your children whether they would rather wear earplugs that can be hidden by hair or a hat, or make a fashion statement with more noticeable hearing protectors. Many colorful and comfortable styles of hearing protectors are available in stores and online.
  • Choose hearing protectors that fit in with your children’s daily activities. If your children play in a band or orchestra, earplugs can help protect their hearing. Special musicians’ earplugs (often called high fidelity ear plugs) are available so that your children can hear instruments clearly, but at a softer level. You can also find hearing protectors designed specifically for hunting or shooting sports.
  • Make sure hearing protection is within reach. Keep hearing protection devices in areas that are within easy reach of your children. Hearing protectors that are hidden in a drawer and aren’t worn will not do any good.

When to use hearing protection.

Hearing protectors limit the level of sound. They do not block out all noise—they just make noise softer. Use hearing protectors when you or your children are exposed to noise that is too loud or lasts too long. The louder the sound, the quicker hearing damage will occur.

FOllow Up & Care

Our exceptional, friendly staff is one of our greatest assets, and we are proud of their long time association with our office. Patients tell us often how well we work together as a team.

We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of hearing healthcare and great patient communication. Each of our staff members is motivated to achieve the best results for our patients in a calming and comfortable setting.

Our comprehensive services are focused on evaluation, prevention, and treatment. It’s critically important in providing any health care service to have a thorough understanding of the problem before making any recommendations.

Accessories

Swim Molds

Sometimes a one size fits all earmold doesn’t really fit.  A custom fit provides increased comfort and improved protection. Swim molds should be considered if your child’s eardrum is perforated, is prone to “swimmer’s ear,” or has ventilation tubes placed in the eardrum.

FM Listening Systems

An FM system is a kind of device that helps children with hearing loss. This system is sometimes used with your child’s hearing aids. Normally, when a person speaking is not standing next to a baby with hearing aids, the baby might hear other noises in the room. The speech and other noises get mixed together and make the speech difficult to understand. With FM systems, the person who is speaking wears a microphone that sends the speech right to the baby’s ears. This means the baby hears just the speech, without most of the unwanted noise.

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