Our physicians are fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologists that are able to offer comprehensive and compassionate care for children with ear and hearing disorders. Hearing loss and ear disorders 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 ear disorders and hearing loss in children that can reduce the impact on social and educational development. Whether your child has a cholesteatoma, chronic ear disease, or hearing loss requiring implants, our nationally recognized team will evaluate and offer the safest and most effective treatment or surgery. When a child is diagnosed with hearing loss, we work closely with our pediatric colleagues in audiology, speech therapy, and genetics to establish an accurate diagnosis of the cause and degree of hearing loss and then implement the steps necessary for addressing your child’s hearing impairment.
Our subspecialty clinics address pediatric hearing loss, hearing implants such as cochlear implants or bone anchored implants, and comprehensive pediatric audiology services.
What We Treat
Surgeons are able to evaluate and manage a myriad of conditions that affect children’s ears including:
- Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.
- Chronic ear disease.
- Congenital aural atresia.
- Congenital ear malformations.
- Exostoses and ear canal stenosis.
- External auditory canal disorders.
- Hearing loss.
- Hearing aids.
- Hearing implants.
- Ossicular chain dislocations.
- Tympanic membrane perforations.
Hearing Implant Program (HIP)
The HIP team works closely with patients and their families to guide them toward the best course of treatment based on their personal and family goals. We look forward to answering your questions to determine if your child is a candidate for a hearing implant(s).
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 loss. Our interdisciplinary team is focused on patient care, education and research.
The PHMC treats children who have been diagnosed with the following:
- Congenital hearing loss.
- Unilateral or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
- Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.
- Conductive hearing loss caused by aural atresia, microtia, and ossicular abnormalities.
- Hearing loss caused by anatomical differences or anomalies.
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 90 minutes, and children spend time with each specialist for evaluation.
Specialists from several areas may be involved in the child’s evaluation and management process. Below is a brief description of the evaluations:
- Pediatric Otolaryngology - The pediatric otolaryngology (also known as ear, nose and throat) visit includes an examination of the child and discussion of possible causes of the hearing loss. Laboratory and radiologic evaluations may be recommended and arranged. Treatment options, including possible surgical interventions when applicable, are discussed.
- Audiology - Topics covered during appointments with the audiologist include an overview of the hearing management process, discussion of the child’s hearing sensitivity and its possible implications, an overview of hearing assistive technology, and a review of support organizations. Children in the PHMC will still be seen for separate appointments by pediatric audiologists as they go through the hearing (re)habilitation process.
- Speech-Language Pathology - During the Communication Consult the child’s auditory (“listening” skills), speech (sound production and speech intelligibility), and language (receptive and expressive vocabulary/grammar, etc.) skills and abilities will be discussed and assessed.
- Genetics - The genetic counselor will take a detailed family history and review the child’s medical history for features suggestive of known genetic causes of hearing loss. Appropriate genetic testing may be offered and recurrence risks for family members will also be reviewed. Referral for a formal physical examination by a medical geneticist may also be offered.
At the conclusion of the appointments, the team will evaluate and discuss the child’s case and determine the best management plan for the child and family and share the results. Some insurance companies exclude coverage for hearing loss. Please contact your insurance provider if you are unsure if hearing loss is covered.
To make an appointment in the Pediatric Hearing Management Clinic or if you have questions, please request that your child's managing audiologist or otolaryngologist refer them to PHMC. Our team will review your child's case to determine if they are appropriate for PHMC, and those that are appropriate for the clinic will be scheduled in the next available opening.
After you call to arrange an initial appointment with our team, one of our providers will reach out to you to perform a pre-visit intake.
Please make arrangements to have copies of prior imaging, imaging reports, operative notes, laboratory studies, pathology reports, audiograms, and consult notes available that you would like us to review prior to your appointment.
Cochlear Implant or Bone Anchored Implant Evaluations Appointments
- Phone: 216.444.0354
Communication Evaluation Appointments with Dr. Don Goldberg
- Phone: 216.445.5669, option 4
Pediatric Audiology Appointments
- Phone: 216.444.8500
Pediatric Otolaryngology Appointments
- Phone: 216.444.8500 or 800.223.2273, ext. 48500
- Online: Make an appointment
Specialty Programs Contact Information
- Pediatric Multidisciplinary Hearing Center (PMHC)
Phone: 216.445.0075, option 4
- Health Library - Index of ENT-related topics
- Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH)
- Pediatric ENT contact Number for BCMH: 216.445.0075; option 4
- Cleveland Clinic Children's Child Life Services
- Child Life Services offers a variety of programs - including tours prior to surgery or procedures - to help your child prepare for surgery and their inpatient stay.
Your generous support for Pediatric Otolaryngology will help fund the future care of children via:
- Pediatric Otolaryngology Specialty Program Support
- Research Projects
- Resident Education and Educational Travel Grants for Trainees
Make a gift to help fund Pediatric Otolaryngology Research and Development
Thank you for your support!