An audiologist is a licensed healthcare professional who evaluates, identifies, treats, and manages hearing and hearing-related developmental disorders. Pediatric otolaryngologists and pediatric audiologists frequently work closely together to assess a child’s hearing capability and then formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
A comprehensive hearing assessment can be completed at any age if there is a suspicion that a hearing problem exists. Many modern methods can be used to accurately determine the hearing of a newborn, infant, or child.
Case history and an otoscopic examination are essential. An audiological evaluation can help determine if a hearing loss exists in one or both ears at frequencies (pitches) that are critical to normal speech and language development, as well as if any identified hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural.
Audiological management is essential for children who have suspected hearing loss, a history of ear infections, or other ear disorders. A multi-disciplinary approach is usually considered and may include the child’s Primary Care Provider, Otolaryngologist (ENT) Physician, Audiologist, and Speech-Language Pathologist. These children should receive periodic hearing evaluations by a licensed audiologist even when they appear to be symptom-free. Most school districts require hearing assessments at the onset of the school year for preschool and elementary students, and at least once during the winter months.
Auditory Processing Disorder Testing
Do any of the following describe your child?
- Problems hearing noise when others are talking.
- Confuses directions or cannot follow commands.
- Asks others to repeat or says, “What?” or “Huh?”
- Problems paying attention to sounds.
- Does not understand what is said when directly spoken to.
If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, you might consider scheduling an Auditory Processing Disorder evaluation for your child.
Newborn Hearing Screening
Florida law mandates a hearing assessment for every newborn child. Our practice provides initial and follow-up assessments with neurophysiological testing.
Hearing Aids/Amplification Devices
We offer a range of amplification devices, including the new generation of digital hearing aids for infants, children, and adolescents. Financing plans are now available.
Ear Molds/Swim Plugs
We provide custom-made ear plugs in a variety of colors for your child’s swimming or bathing protection.