Hearing Care for Infants and Children

Our pediatric audiologists are ready to help your little ones! Identifying hearing problems early in a child’s life is essential for speech, language, and social development. Consequently, speech, learning, or behavioral issues are often the first indicators of a possible hearing problem. 

Indicators of Hearing Loss in Children:

  • Speech and language delays
  • Loud TV or music levels
  • Speaks loudly
  • Asks to have things repeated
  • Attention problems
  • Only responds when face-to-face
  • Delayed reaction when spoken to
  • No response when called upon
  • Trouble following directions

What Is Pediatric Audiology?

Pediatric audiology is offered to infants and young children experiencing hearing or sound recognition issues. Both diagnostic and rehabilitation services can determine the type and degree of hearing loss and help treat it accordingly. 

What Is A Pediatric Audiologist?

A pediatric audiologist, or pediatric hearing specialist, works with young patients regarding their hearing, balance, or speech deficits.  After using different forms of testing to discover the root of the problem, our team will determine and recommend the best treatment method.

What Services Do Pediatric Audiologists Offer?

Our services vary according to the condition, symptoms, and age of the patient. Our hearing specialists perform tests to determine the type and degree of the child’s hearing. These tests typically include:

  • behavioral tone testing
  • speech testing
  • middle ear function testing
  • electrophysiological testing such as auditory brainstem response (ABR). 

After the examination and diagnosis, the pediatric audiologist will work to find the best method of treatment for your child. They may encourage certain devices, such as pediatric hearing aids. Therapy might also be utilized to treat specific hearing problems, such as a sensory hearing condition.

What Can I Expect At My Appointment?

We’ll ask you to describe areas of concern regarding your child’s hearing, speech, language or balance. Questions are encouraged to make sure you have all of the information you need. Truly, no question is too small! 

The SoundGate team will discuss the types of testing used to evaluate and diagnose the problem. We might perform tests that day or schedule them for a later appointment, depending on your comfort level. After testing, our audiologist will discuss any discoveries and our recommended treatment methods. Your pediatric hearing specialist will also offer information and insight as to why this type of issue occurs along with the success rate of various treatment options.

We also offer ear wax removal for kids. Additionally, we provide newborn hearing screening so you can get a sense of your baby’s hearing. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or simply ask us questions. We are here to help you feel knowledgeable about your child’s hearing. 

Two little girls hugging. Soundgate can help with pediatric hearing screenings and tests for your child.