Pediatric Audiology

ENT & Audiology Associates’ Pediatric Audiology Clinic provides state-of-the-art testing for children and infants with hearing disorders. We provide  assessment of middle ear function, Immittance testing, Vestibular and Balance testing, Otoacoustic Emission testing, Auditory Brainstem and Speech testing. For those with hearing loss, we offer a full-service hearing aid program providing fully digital instruments as well as other listening devices.  Below you will find a break down for testing and hearing systems we offer.

Audiology Evaluations: We use a variety of methods tailored to the unique needs of your child.

Immittance Testing
Immittance is an evaluation to examine the status of your middle ear by measuring pressure and eardrum movement.

Vestibular and Balance Testing
There are several different kinds of dizziness, including medical, neurological, psychiatric, and otologic.  We utilize a comprehensive evaluation of the vestibular system to determine if something in the ears is causing the dizzy symptoms.  The vestibular evaluation in conjunction with Dr. Holmes’ medical evaluation are used to effectively diagnose and treat our dizzy patients.

Otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing: Otoacoustic emission assessment of the cochlea (i.e. organ of hearing)
Behavioral hearing evaluation: this is an assessment of your child’s hearing that is adapted to your child’s age and development. We provide hearing testing prior to a speech and language evaluation as well as follow up testing after a failed hearing screening at school or at your child’s Pediatrician’s office

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) evaluation
This assessment is performed in our office under natural sleep for babies from birth to 3 months of age. It checks the function of the auditory nerve and provides an estimate of hearing sensitivity. Any baby who fails their newborn hearing screening should receive follow-up testing as soon as possible.

Audiology Treatment:

For infants, children, and adolescents diagnosed with hearing loss, our pediatric audiologists will help you make informed decisions for your child. We assist in the selection of appropriate hearing systems for your child as well manage the devices to ensure proper function.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA):
These types of hearing aids are used for children who cannot use traditional hearing aids. We offer BAHAs on a softband and surgical BAHAs (i.e. a component of the device is implanted under the skin)

Cochlear implants:
These devices are for children who are deaf. We work with your child to determine if they are a cochlear implant candidate. Once your child receives the device, we will program the device to ensure that your child receives the best access to sound.

FM systems and assistive listening devices:
Some children with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders may benefit from a device that helps them hear well in challenging listening situation, such as a classroom. We assist in selection of appropriate FM systems for your child and help manage the devices for proper function.