Newborn Hearing Screening Followup
All children born in the state of Illinois are required to undergo hearing screening within the first few days of life. Those children who do not pass the initial hearing screening must undergo further testing to determine if, in fact, the child has a true hearing loss. One of the services of the Audiology and Cochlear Implant Program is to re-evaluate those children who do not pass the initial hearing screening. The Audiology and Cochlear Implant Team use state-of-the-art testing equipment to re-evaluate these children in a timely manner.
Routine Hearing Evaluation
Children of any age suspected of having a hearing impairment should undergo a thorough hearing evaluation. Hearing loss in one or both ears can affect a child’s speech and language skills, and subsequently affect a child’s learning ability and behavior. The Audiology and Cochlear Implant Team can help identify any type and degree of pediatric hearing loss.
Hearing aids are a common treatment for various types of hearing loss. The pediatric audiology staff has the clinical expertise and special equipment necessary to properly fit children’s little ears with ear molds, hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
A cochlear implant is an option when hearing aids are not effective for children with severe hearing loss in both ears. A cochlear implant is an electronic device that stimulates the hearing nerve by bypassing the part of the inner ear that is not working. The Audiology and Cochlear Implant Team has the capability to determine if a child is a candidate for a cochlear implant. The team will also provide programming of the cochlear implant after the implant is placed.
Speech and Language Therapy
Children with a hearing impairment may require special speech and language therapy compared to those children with normal hearing. The speech and language pathologist on the Audiology and Cochlear Implant Team has special expertise in treating children with a hearing impairment.
For more information about the Pediatric Audiology and Cochlear Implant Program, please call our physician referral service at 630-856-7500.