Audiology & Hearing

No child is too young to have a hearing evaluation. Screening should start at birth and continue on a regular basis throughout life.

A child’s hearing should be tested immediately if there are any risk factors for hearing loss such as:
  • family history of hearing loss
  • ear, head, or neck malformations
  • head trauma
  • history of anoxia or infection at birth
  • history of the use of ototoxic medications (when a medication damages
    the inner ear)
  • recurrent ear infections
  • speech and language developmental delays
  • changes in hearing (for example: listening to the television at high volume,
    talking loudly, or not responding when the child's name is called)

In addition, certified audiologists can also help diagnose and develop treatment plans for children with auditory processing disorders (APD), auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders (ANSD), and balance (vestibular) disorders.

Helping Sam Hear: A Family's Journey (Video)

In January 2006, a blue eyed, 3-month-old baby named Sam was diagnosed with profound hearing loss. His parents, Chris and Teresa, found comfort and hope as they learned that a surgical hearing device called a cochlear implant could one day help Sam to hear. Take a journey with this family through the many hurdles and triumphs they face as Sam enters the hearing world.