Hearing loss in children can seriously interfere with language and speech development, impair communication and adversely affect school performance. Experts in the Section of Pediatric Otolaryngology provide medical and surgical services for hearing loss in children that can reduce the impact of hearing loss on social and educational development.
Working closely with our pediatric colleagues in audiology, speech therapy, radiology and genetics, we establish an accurate diagnosis of the cause and degree of hearing loss and then implement the steps necessary for the successful habilitation of your child’s hearing impairment. If a hearing aid is required, we maintain the health of the ear canals in order to get the best performance from the latest electronic aids available.
Hearing loss in children that cannot be helped by hearing aids may benefit from our cochlear implantation program. Services offered include comprehensive auditory assessment, accurate operative intervention, and extensive training following surgery to ensure that the child obtains the optimal benefit from the implant and is successfully integrated into social and educational environments.
Pediatric Hearing Management Clinic (PHMC)
The Pediatric Hearing Management Clinic provides a comprehensive, family-centered approach to the evaluation and management of children with hearing impairment. Our multidisciplinary team is focused on patient care, education and research.
The PHMC treats children who have been diagnosed with the following:
- Congenital deafness
- Unilateral or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss
- Auditory neural spectrum disorder
- Conductive hearing loss caused by aural atresia, microtia and ossicular abnormalities
All of a child’s hearing healthcare providers are in one setting through the PHMC, which is convenient for parents because multiple appointments with several pediatric specialists can be scheduled within one block of time. Each PHMC session is scheduled for approximately two hours, and children spend time with each specialist for evaluation.
Specialists from several areas may be involved in the child’s evaluation and management process.