Audiologist

An audiologist is a person who is trained to evaluate hearing.  An audiologist can help find a hearing loss, describe hearing test results, and test to see if amplification devices will help your child.  An audiologist may also give suggestions about hearing aids and some audiologists may sell and fit hearing aids on children.  Most audiologists can provide you with information about intervention strategies (therapies or services) such as auditory “hearing” training and communication opportunities (different ways to communicate with children with hearing loss).  An audiologist who has training and experience to test and give services to infants and young children will offer the best care for your baby.  Ideally, the audiologist will work with your family and team of professionals, such as a speech-language pathologist, ENI and early intervention specialist to provide you and your child with the services you need.

 

EHDI-PALS

To find an audiologist in your area, please visit the EHDI-PALS, Early Hearing Detection & Intervention – Pediatric Audiology Links to Services.   EHDI-PALS is a web-based link to information, resources, and services for children with hearing loss. At the heart of EHDI-PALS is a national web-based directory of facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to young children who are younger than five years of age.

line drawing of an audiologist

Sample questions to ask your audiologist:

  1. Do you have training and experience working with infants and young children with hearing loss?
  2. How much hearing loss does my child have? Do both ears have the same hearing loss? Please explain the terms that apply to my child’s hearing loss: (i.e., sensorineural, conductive, mixed, mild, moderate, severe, profound, auditory neuropathy).
  3. Is the loss permanent? Does my child need more testing? How often should my child’s hearing be tested?
  4. Can you tell if my child’s hearing loss will get worse or change?
  5. May I have a copy of the hearing test results? (Request that your audiologist attach and explain the audiogram or other info.)
  6. Does my child need a hearing aid? What are my choices? Should my child have a hearing aid in one or both ears?
  7. What will my child hear with hearing aids?
  8. How will the hearing loss affect my child’s speech / language development? (This question can also be asked of multiple providers, such as your child’s pediatrician, early intervention providers, speech–language pathologist, etc.)
  9. What kinds of early intervention services are available in this area?
  10. What are some tips for working with my child at home?
  11. Can you tell me about other ways I can learn about hearing loss – books, videotapes, films, websites, and courses?
(Sample questions adapted from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/index.html)