Audiology

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
  • Tympanometry
  • 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:

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.

Children's audiologists also perform exams through interdisciplinary clinics, such as Developmental Pediatrics, VCF and Cleft Clinics.

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