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Pediatrician or Primary Care Provider

Your child’s pediatrician or primary care provider (PCP) oversees your child’s overall growth, health, and development. You might see your child’s pediatrician or PCP in an office, clinic, or hospital.

This person will coordinate all areas of your child’s medical care. In addition to receiving routine care, a child with hearing loss may need to see specialists who will look at the child’s specific health needs. These specialists may look at eyes, language or speech needs, genetics, or other areas. Your child’s pediatrician or PCP will help decide which specialists your child should see and when to see them. In this way, your child will receive coordinated care by all of his/her medical providers.

 

Sample questions to ask your pediatrician/PCP:

  1. Do you know why my child has a hearing loss? Could my child’s hearing loss be related to any other medical conditions? Could it be genetic?
  2. How do I get more information about genetic counseling?
  3. Are there specialists who are knowledgeable about childhood hearing loss that my child should see?
  4. How do I get the referrals for the specialists my child might need to see (audiologist, ENT, ophthalmologist, geneticist, speech therapist, etc.)?  To get the referrals, do I need an appointment with you first or can I request them by calling your office?
  5. Will you need to see my child more often because of the hearing loss? How often?
  6. Other than my child’s hearing loss, do you have other concerns about my child’s development? Is he/she meeting the developmental milestones as he/she should?
  7. Can you tell me about early intervention services available in my area?
(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)

Texas Pediatric Society

The Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, believes that the most important resource of the State of Texas is its children, and pledges its efforts to promote their health and welfare. The goal of the Society is that all children in the State attain their full potential for physical, emotional, and social health.

TPS focuses its talent and resources to ensure that the children in Texas are safe and healthy, that its members are well informed and supported, and that the practice of pediatrics in Texas is both fulfilling and economically viable. The TPS is a state professional nonprofit organization of 2,800 Texas pediatricians and 250 medical students. Information and resources for Texas parents can be found at http://txpeds.org/parent-resources.