Hearing issues aren’t just for the elderly. Children can suffer from hearing problems as well. That’s where pediatric audiology services come in. Pediatric audiologists can examine children for hearing loss and related issues by performing hearing tests and evaluations. With their guidance, families can determine the presence, extent, and reason for hearing loss in babies, toddlers, children, and teens.
We understand that early intervention is the key to help children struggling to hear. Our NY audiology practice is a resource for anyone over the age of 5 who may be struggling with hearing loss. We’ve seen firsthand the toll hearing loss can take on people and their families. As a result, we are committed to doing right by our patients, and our #1 goal is to help them overcome those challenges so they can enjoy more complete and satisfying lives. Through our professional and advanced Pediatric Audiology Evaluations, we will determine the nature and severity of your entire family’s hearing loss - which helps us design a treatment plan to address their specific needs.
Pediatric audiologists follow very similar career paths as "standard" audiologists. However, they are highly specialized at recognizing signs of hearing loss early on, i.e. during a child's early years. This is important because early intervention is the best course of action to prevent further hearing loss when possible. Additionally, addressing hearing loss provides vital support for children, whose speech and language development are dependent on good hearing.
After evaluating a child and determining how much hearing loss they are living with, pediatric audiologists will recommend steps to prevent hearing loss and help children work around existing hearing damage. Treatment may include hearing aids or implants, as well as visits with speech, language, and occupational therapies. Some children may also be referred to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor) to collaboratively determine the best care plan with their pediatric audiologist.
If your child shows speech and/or behavioral issues in the classroom, it's time to visit a pediatric audiologist. These are the leading indicators of a hearing problem, and they develop because a child has trouble hearing instructions from parents and teachers.
Additional indicators in children include:
Trouble focusing on task(s) or following directions
Only responding to prompts when facing the speaker(s)
Responding in a delayed manner
Often asking for things to be repeated
While some pediatric audiologists can perform newborn hearing screenings, our practice focuses on children ages 5 and older.