Pediatric audiologists at Children's provide comprehensive hearing evaluations for newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Our audiologists provide a wide range of services, including:
- Visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA)
- Conditioned play audiometry (CPA)
- Standard pure tone audiometry
- Speech audiometry
- Acoustic reflex testing
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)
- Brainstem audiometry (ABR or BAER), either sedated or unsedated, depending on the needs of the patient
- Comprehensive hearing aid dispensing and related services
- Electroacoustic analysis of hearing aids, both real ear and test box
- Consultation on audiology services for infants and toddlers to clinics throughout Minnesota and neighboring regions
If a permanent hearing loss is identified, recommendations are made for rehabilitation through the use of hearing aids and educational programming with the local school district or early intervention services for infants and toddlers.
When is audiological evaluation recommended?
There are a number of signs and symptoms that may suggest an audiology exam is needed. General guidelines for when to make an appointment with an audiologist include:
- An infant younger than six months did not pass newborn hearing screening or did not yet have newborn hearing screen.
- A newborn infant does not startle to loud sounds or calm to softer sounds.
- A child older than six months of age does not turn their head toward sound when called by name.
- Parent is concerned about delayed speech and language development.
Furthermore, if any of the following high-risk factors for hearing loss are present, an audiology exam is recommended:
- Family has a history of hearing loss.
- Neonatal complications such as anoxia or severe respiratory distress.
- Neonatal infections such as CMV, rubella, toxoplasmosis, or herpes.
- Cranial-facial conditions such as Down syndrome, cleft lip or cleft palate.
- History of bacterial meningitis.
- Use of ototoxic medications.
- Child has a history of chronic middle ear effusions with or without infections or chronic upper respiratory problems.
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