Hearing Loss in Children

No child is too young to have his or her hearing checked. In fact, most infants in the U.S. are screened for hearing loss. The sooner a hearing problem is found, the sooner we can managing hearing loss, allowing for the best possible outcome for the child. If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing, be sure to mention them to your child’s healthcare provider. He or she may refer you to an audiologist to perform various age-appropriate hearing tests.

Hearing Tests for Infants and Children

There are two primary types of hearing screening methods for children and infants including newborns. These may be used alone or together depending on your child’s needs.

  • Tympanometry: This tests a child’s middle ear function. Our audiologist uses it to learn how the eardrum responds to sound pressure. This painless hearing test can detect anything that would inhibit motion of the eardrum like fluid, perforation, infection or eustachian tube dysfunction.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE): This test uses a small, flexible plug that is inserted into a baby’s ear. Sounds are sent through the plug. A microphone in the plug records the otoacoustic emissions of the normal ear in reaction to the sounds. There are little or no emissions in a baby with hearing loss. This test can be completed within a few minutes, while the baby sleeps.
  • Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA): Conditioned play audiometry is a noninvasive way for professionals to interact with a child and obtain more specific hearing threshold data. A child is asked to perform an activity each time a sound is heard, such as putting a block in a box or putting a ring on a cone.

Our team will work with our younger patients and their parents to address both hearing loss and solutions for children. Whether your child is very young and shy, or you have a skeptical teen, we get it.

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Concerned about a Child’s Hearing?

Early intervention is key to successful outcomes in children. Undiagnosed hearing loss in children can impact many aspects of development, so if you have concerns, don’t wait to make an appointment.

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