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At the Masters Family Speech and Hearing Center, we evaluate children of all ages for hearing disorders.
Pediatricians and other doctors refer children to our program for many reasons, including:
- Hearing or processing concerns
- Speech and language delays
- Failed newborn hearing screenings
- Failed primary care or school hearing screen
- Recurrent ear infections
- Family history of hearing loss
Our evaluations often include:
- Audiologic assessments (hearing test)
- Consultation and fitting of hearing aids
- Orientation, care and maintenance of hearing aids
We also provide parent counseling and follow-up visits for your child. If your child needs referrals for medical evaluations, additional assessments or referrals for treatment programs or schools, we are happy to provide those as well.
We offer diagnosis and treatment for
- Sensorineural hearing loss
- Conductive hearing loss
- Mixed conductive and sensorineural hearing loss
- Auditory neuropathy/dysynchrony
- Auditory processing disorders
What happens at a visit?
Your child will see a highly-skilled pediatric audiologist with a doctoral degree in Audiology. The audiologist may make additional referrals to other professionals, including:
- A pediatrician
- An ear, nose and throat physician
- A speech pathologist
- Other specialists as needed
Before an audiologist evaluates your child, you and your child will go through a few other steps in the appointment process.
- Obtain a detailed case history for your child.
- Once the case history is complete, we will bring your child to a sound-proof room where sounds are presented and responses are observed. We will use a number of behavioral testing techniques, depending on the age and developmental level of your child.
- We will also evaluate your child for outer or middle ear abnormalities that may interfere with accurate testing results. (If we cannot complete typical testing, we may refer your child for a special test called an auditory brainstem response. This test may require sedation.)