Pediatric audiology is the study and treatment of hearing loss in infants, toddlers and children. Our experts evaluate and treat children of all developmental stages. Our goal is to detect and treat hearing loss in children as early as possible. Since our audiologists work closely with our ENTs, we can care for your child’s whole hearing health.
Hearing is essential for babies’ and young children’s social and cognitive development. It is especially important to treat deafness in children so that they can cultivate essential speech and communication skills during their early developmental years. This is why we focus on early detection and treatment of hearing loss.
We offer many of the same diagnostic services for children as we do adults. However, we recognize that children respond differently to testing and may have a lesser ability than adults to focus or respond to stimuli. We therefore incorporate a more fun and caring approach with children.
For children old enough to follow instructions and respond to sounds, we use testing methods made to feel like games, such as conditioned play audiometry and speech audiometry (word recognition). Physiological tests are used for infants who cannot respond to behavioral tests. These include otoacoustic emissions, acoustic reflex testing, auditory evoked potential testing and auditory steady state response. Our audiologists are able to recommend facilities that can provide these advanced diagnostic tests.
Approximately one out of every four children experiences a speech delay, though most eventually catch up without any sort of intervention. If your child’s doctor suggests there may be a significant speech delay, however, a speech-language pathologist should be consulted for a full evaluation. This involves a series of tests that will be used to assess your child’s receptive language skills, expressive language skills, sound development, speech clarity and oral-motor skills. Speech therapy may be recommended to help your child develop the skills necessary for effective communication.
The hearing aids have made a significant difference in my life. I am able to engage in conversation with those around me, to be able to hear what is being said or asked, instead of staring at them, because I had no clue or idea what to say. I have attended supervisor classes, meetings, and daily dialogue at work with an...
Number one place to come if you have a hearing problem. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable with a wide selection of hearing aids. Great financing program when aides are needed. Appointments are on time. The staff does not rush you. They take their time to make sure your questions are answered. You leave knowing you are...
I am very satisfied with the service provided. The reasons are: 1. I got all tests done the same day I came for the MD visit. 2. I was able to get a pair of hearing devices for a week as a test-drive, that opened up my eyes to these kinds of devices and understand they can make a difference in my everyday life.
Dr. Herrera is very clear and straight forward with her diagnosis and treatment options. Also, she put ear tubes in my ears and the results were amazing! She described the process exactly – there were no surprises. I would recommend her highly!
Our daughter had tubes put in and adenoids taken out, and our experience has been great. The staff is great with our daughter and has made the entire process a lot less stressful for us and her. We will definitely be coming back when need be!