Do you have questions about the health of your child’s ears? If so, you may need to see a pediatric audiologist. Audiologists are specialists in diagnosing, treating, and preventing hearing and vestibular disorders.
At ELNA Medical, your children are in good hands with experts you can trust.
A consultation with an audiologist may be required for any of the following reasons:
- Concerns about your child’s hearing
- Language or developmental delay
- History of ear infections/otitis
- Family history of hearing loss
- Specific medical conditions or learning problems.
Regardless of the reason for your visit, you can count on our hearing health professionals to provide you and your child with exceptional care.
Our clinics offer hearing evaluations, including screening tests for newborns (to determine the presence of a hearing impairment) and comprehensive hearing tests for children and teenagers.
What happens during a consultation with a pediatric audiologist?
Newborn Hearing Screening
This test can determine whether your child has hearing loss. Don’t worry, the examination is neither painful nor uncomfortable.
The audiologist places a small earphone-like device in the baby’s ear that emits a sound. If the ear responds with an echo, it means that all structures are working as they should. If your child does not pass the test, they may be required to seek an evaluation by an ENT specialist. Results are available as soon as the test is completed.
Hearing assessment for children
The hearing assessment takes place in the form of various games adapted to your child’s stage of development. Your child is given a soundproof booth where he or she will listen to sounds of varying pitch and intensity. They will then be asked to perform a specific task, such as throwing blocks into a basket, each time he or she hears a sound. Our audiologist focuses on the lowest frequency sounds they are able to perceive.
We will explain the results and make any necessary recommendations following the examination. Once the assessment has been completed, you will be informed as to the status of your child’s hearing. We will also advise whether a consultation with another hearing health professional such as a speech therapist, hearing aid specialist or ENT specialist is required.