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Audiology & Hearing

Diagnosing & Treating Hearing Loss

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Hearing is one of the main ways children understand the world around them. Even mild hearing loss can make it tough for kids to do some of the things other kids find easy, like learning to talk or playing with friends. The sooner hearing impairment is treated, the better kids do. Nemours pediatric audiology experts use leading-edge technology and testing to diagnose and treat hearing trouble in kids of all ages — even newborns.

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Pediatric Audiology Conditions We Treat

Pediatric Audiology Conditions We Treat

We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Tests & Treatments for Hearing Loss in Children

Tests & Treatments for Hearing Loss in Children

We offer a full range of pediatric audiology services. Our services may vary depending on location and a child’s condition.

We start with hearing evaluations, sometimes in a soundproof booth. Hearing tests can include:

  • behavioral audiometry (measures children’s responses to sounds sent through speakers or headphones)
  • tympanometry and middle ear muscle reflex (MEMR) (tests eardrum flexibility and reflexes of the middle ear muscle)
  • otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) (measures how well tiny hairs inside the inner ear are working)

If your child needs more testing, our audiologists may recommend:

  • auditory brainstem response (ABR) (tests how well the hearing nerve is working)
  • auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) evaluation (shows if there’s a problem with the transmission of signals from the inner ear to the brain)
  • balance (vestibular) disorder evaluation (shows if there are problems with the inner ear)
  • central auditory processing (CAP) evaluation (shows if a child has auditory processing disorder – where the ears and brain don’t fully coordinate to process sounds)

If your child has hearing trouble, our audiologists will recommend what to do based on your child’s needs. Treatment may include:

  • auditory verbal therapy (AVT) (speech-language therapy to help children develop hearing and speaking skills)
  • cochlear implants, including programming and therapy
  • frequency modulated (FM) systems (systems that make voices and other sounds louder to help children who have trouble hearing and understanding because of background noise or distance)
  • hearing aids (devices to strengthen the sound traveling to the eardrum)
  • implantable hearing devices (a surgically placed device that helps the bones of the middle ear move so sound reaches the inner ear)

We also provide:

  • counseling for families to provide support when kids use hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • prescriptions for hearing aids and other assistive devices as well as instruction on how to use, care for and maintain them
  • specialized programs for children diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder or auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder
  • information for schools and teachers to make sure kids have proper classroom equipment and any changes they might need in equipment or supplies 
Why Choose Us for Pediatric Audiology Care

Why Choose Us for Pediatric Audiology Care

Nemours audiologists focus solely on children’s hearing problems. Our personalized care includes immediate access to Nemours specialists in fields like otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and neurology (brain and central nervous system). Our teams of experts work together to figure out what’s causing your child’s hearing loss. We involve you every step of the way, from coming up with the best treatment to helping you advocate for your child in school and other settings.

Regional Pediatric Audiology Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer pediatric audiology care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select satellite Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.

  • the Delaware Valley’s only hospital-based referral for children with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) 
  • a comprehensive cochlear implant and auditory rehabilitation program to give ongoing support to children and families before and after surgery 
  • an advanced gait (how a person walks) and motion analysis laboratory to evaluate balance disorders
  • state-of-the-art, kid-friendly equipment
  • services and providers available at locations closer to the home in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

We offer pediatric audiology care at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

  • comprehensive pediatric audiology services
  • state-of-the-art, kid-friendly equipment
  • a hospital building designed to encourage collaboration among your child's specialists and make it easy to see different doctors 
  • specialists who travel to our satellite offices in downtown Orlando, Lake Mary and Melbourne so your child gets the best, most convenient care

We offer pediatric audiology care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital) and select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

We offer pediatric audiology care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola.

  • comprehensive pediatric audiology services
  • state-of-the-art and kid-friendly equipment
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