Hearing aid(s) are recommended when hearing loss is identified. There are different types of hearing loss; the most common are Conductive or Sensorineural hearing loss. Some conductive hearing losses can be treated medically. The goal is to identify permanent hearing loss by 3 months of age and dispense hearing aids by 6 months of age. Hearing aids for children are the behind the ear (BTE) style with earmold and are available in a variety of fun colors. When a child has a severe hearing loss and does not benefit from hearing aids, a cochlear implant may be recommended. Cochlear implants are special devices that are surgically implanted by a trained otolaryngologist. The audiologist completes the programming of the cochlear implant device. It, too, is available with pediatric options. You will be scheduled with a pediatric Audiologist for a Hearing Aid Evaluation following the diagnosis.
At this appointment we will discuss your child’s hearing loss in detail and simulate the hearing loss for you. This will help you understand the amount of hearing loss your child has. Hearing aid options and colors will be discussed and selected. Earmold Impressions will be taken to have earmolds made. You will also select the color of the mold(s). You will be given a folder of information and resources, if you have not been given this at the time of identification.
We will discuss the information inside in detail. Any questions you have will be addressed. If further testing is necessary this may be attempted at this appointment. You will need to get your child established with an Ear Nose and Throat Physician.
We will refer you to the Division of Specialized Care for Children and Early Intervention