|The Audiology program at Arnold Palmer
Hospital for Children provides comprehensive evaluation and management
for infants, children and adults with hearing loss. Pediatric
audiologists are state licensed, nationally certified and hold doctorate
or master’s degrees in audiology.
Infant hearing technicians also provide screening for all babies born at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies under the direction of licensed audiologists.
- Hearing screening for newborns using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) and Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR).
- Comprehensive Audiologic Evaluations including:
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry – Sounds are presented through speakers or earphones and the child responds by turning his head toward the sound. The audiologist lights a toy for a reward.
- Conditioned Play Audiometry - The child plays a game with the audiologist in which he places a toy in a bucket each time he ears a sound.
- Speech Audiometry - The child repeats words or points to pictures to determine the softest speech sounds he is able to hear and how well he understands a number of words and sounds at a comfortable volume level
- Traditional audiometry – An older child raises his hand when he hears a sound.
- Diagnostic Auditory Brainstem Response Testing for infants and children – Specialized testing for very young infants or older children who cannot be tested with other methods. Sounds are presented through earphones while a child is sleeping and a brainwave response is measured. Because sleep is required for this test, sedation is typically used for older infants and children.
- Diagnostic Otoacoustic Emissions Testing – Tones are presented through an earphone and an inner ear response is measured with a tiny microphone.
- Tympanometry – a test of the middle ear function
- Cochlear Implant Evaluations – Complete audiologic evaluation to determine if a child with a hearing loss is a candidate for a cochlear implant.
- Cochlear Implant Mapping and Follow-up - The audiologist sets the computer program of the cochlear implant for the child to receive the best possible auditory input. Follow-up services are also provided.
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- Auditory Processing Evaluations – A battery of tests helps determine the brain’s ability to understand what is heard. Testing may involve understanding in background noise, when speech is muffled, unclear, or competing. Children who are age 7 years or older with typical hearing and cognitive skills are candidates for this evaluation.
- Hearing Aid Evaluations – Determination of the most appropriate hearing aids and technology options for a child with a permanent hearing loss.
- Earmolds - Audiologists make impressions of the ears for molds to be formed for the hearing aids.
- Hearing Aid Fitting, Dispensing, Follow-up, Repairs – We fit and dispense hearing aids for all ages, including babies as young as 2 months of age! Today’s digital hearing aids are programmed for a child’s individual hearing loss through a computer with settings based on pediatric research for optimum sound awareness and learning. Through follow-up, hearing aid performance is measured so the best fitting for the child is obtained. We provide education throughout the process on use and care of hearing aids, communication strategies, educational options and family counseling on the effects of hearing loss.
- FM system Fitting, Dispensing, Follow-up, Repairs – Specialized communication devices useful to improve hearing speech above background noise.
- Counseling, advocacy and follow-up for the family on the effects of hearing loss.
For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please call 321.841.6144