Pediatric audiology is about much more than hearing. It's about your child's development. From social skills and physical abilities to overall behavior, your child's emotional well-being and confidence can be intrinsically tied to hearing. Pediatric hearing is a particular speciality of ours.
Children have auditory verbal therapy needs after first receiving a hearing aid. A specialized type of therapy designed to teach your child to use the hearing provided by a hearing aid will help him or her understand speech, learn to talk, and more.
Adult hearing loss is pervasive. It's time to do something about it. Restore your family connections. Fully socialize with your friends. Recover your joy.
There are many different types of hearing tests. If you haven't taken part in the right one(s) for you, it can go a long way to explaining why your hearing aid "doesn't work." Comprehensive diagnostic testing is critical to ensuring your hearing aid brings you back to delight in conversations- big and small.
Pediatric Otoacoustic Emissions testing (OAE) is a simple, non-invasive test for hearing defects in newborn babies and children who are too young to cooperate in conventional hearing tests. This tests the auditory system to the cochlea.
Auditory Brainstem Response testing (ABR) is a test that tells us if the signal travels all the way to the cortex and can rule out auditory neuropathy and many other audiological and neurological diseases.
Balance Disorders varies by individual case and depends on your history and primary symptoms. Research indicates high frequency hearing loss can be linked to falls in older adults.
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Pediatric Conditioned Play Audiometry testing (CPA) is a "listening game" test for children. CPA uses a machine known as an audiometer to test child's hearing threshold levels. A pure tone audiometer usually relies on a user feedback button and, so, isn't practical for younger kids. CPA makes a game out of the hearing test by replacing the feedback device with activity-related toys such as blocks or pegs.
CPA measures hearing sensitivity to determine both a child's type and degree of hearing loss, if any. The audiologist can then refer parents to another specialist, if necessary.
Visual Reinforcement uses a machine called an audiometer to test a child's hearing threshold levels. Standard pure tone audiometers use insert earphones and are more accurate than headphones, this is more appropriate for a child and is easier to use with their smaller anatomy. VRA may be used with the insert (foam tips) or sound field speakers. Visual reinforcers such as video animations or lighted toys are placed 90-degrees to each side of the patient to "train" the child to look toward the direction of the sound. Click here for more information
Tinnitus testing This testing requires a comprehensive audiological evaluation that measures your overall hearing health. Tinnitus matching allows the audiologist to approximate the frequency and loudness of an individual's tinnitus. Generally if the patient needs hearing aids the appropriate sound in the ears can diminish the sound of the tinnitus for many individuals. Learn More