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Hearing Testing for Preschoolers & Children
~I perform behavioral hearing testing for preschoolers (who are at least 3 years old & will reliably wear headphones) and school-age children, as well for adults who may question if their hearing is worsening as they get older.
~ This is not a screening. I test the softest sounds one can hear in each ear, for a variety of pitches that are important for learning, understanding and expressing speech.
~ The hearing test is portable and done in your home. A simple game is played with younger children to make the testing interesting and fun. Older children can raise a hand or say "yes" when they hear a tone if they do not prefer a game.
~ This test can replace the pediatrician's screening at the 4-year well visit OR the testing required for entry into kindergarten or a day care facility. I provide all appropriate documentation. Results are given immediately.
~ I offer ABR hearing screening, which is the most advanced and comprehensive hearing screen for a newborn. It detects different forms of hearing loss up through the brainstem.
~The hearing screen uses 3 small sensors placed on your baby's head and headphones designed for your baby's small ears. The test is painless and is performed quickly while your newborn sleeps.
~ Unlike technicians or nurses, I am a licensed Doctor of Audiology with over 7 years' experience with infant hearing.
What you need to know before we meet:
~ Your baby must be quiet during the test. Nursing is also favorable.
~ The test is best performed within 4 weeks after birth, but can still be completed with ABR technology up to about 8 weeks. I can still test older infants utilizing a different technology, however, if the attempted ABR is unsuccessful.
~ You will receive the results of the screening immediately.
~ Most babies pass the hearing screening. Should your baby refer on the test, it does not mean hearing loss is certain. As a skilled pediatric audiologist, I am adequately equipped to counsel and guide you through the next steps should your baby need follow-up testing.
Older Infant & Toddler Screening
It is never too late to have a hearing screening! Please don't feel you have missed your opportunity. I am still able to screen infants older than 8 weeks and even busy toddlers as well!
~ The screening technique used for infants and toddlers is called otoacoustic emissions (OAEs). OAEs test the function and health of the organ of hearing by measuring small responses in the ear canal with a soft headphone.
~ Your child does not need to be sleeping for this test, and it can be performed as quickly as a newborn hearing screening.
~ Like the newborn hearing screening, you will receive results and recommendations immediately following the screening.