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.
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.