Pediatric Hearing Loss
Even mild hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to speak and understand language, as well as impact behavioral development. Our audiologist use state-of-the-art technology and innovative testing techniques to assess your child’s hearing sensitivity. We can evaluate and treat hearing for ages 6 months and older. Our audiologist also has a unique perspective on hearing loss. Dr. Mortensen has a child who was born with a hearing loss and has successfully worn hearing aids since birth.
During the evaluation of your child’s hearing, the audiologist will:
- Ask for your child’s medical history
- Perform various painless and fun age-appropriate diagnostic tests
- Share the results and give you a plan for your child’s treatment
- Consult other specialists about your child, as needed
- Recommend speech-language or hearing therapy, as needed
- Refer you to the Cochlear Implant Program if your child is a good candidate
- Talk with you about your role in your child’s treatment and therapies
- Answer any questions you may have
What happens if my child has a hearing loss?
Some hearing problems are medically or surgically correctable if they are caused by middle ear health issues. Other hearing problems may be treated with the use of hearing aids and speech and language therapy.
If a hearing problem is found, your audiologist and pediatrician will arrange for your child to be seen by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) to explore any medical aspects of the hearing loss and will guide you to other services to help your child to communicate.