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At the Masters Family Speech and Hearing Center, we evaluate infants, children and adolescents for hearing problems.
Pediatricians and other doctors refer children to our program for many reasons, including:
- Hearing concerns
- Speech and language delays
- Learning problems in school
- Failed newborn hearing screenings
- Recurrent ear infections
Our specialists perform testing and evaluations to help determine what is going on with your child and what may be causing hearing, language, or learning problems.
Our evaluations often include:
- Audiometric evaluations
- Hearing aid evaluations and fittings
- Hearing aid orientation
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 hearing loss
- Auditory neuropathy/dysynchrony
- Auditory processing disorders
We also see children diagnosed with hearing loss for hearing aid fittings and follow-up appointments.
What happens at a visit?
Your will see a highly-skilled audiologist with a masters or 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.
- Our staff will talk with you and any other parents or guardians to develop 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.)
Outpatient and inpatient services
Our services are available to children on an inpatient and outpatient basis. So whether your child is staying in the hospital or only needs clinic appointments, we can help.
Our services include:
- Age appropriate hearing evaluations
- Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
- Hearing aid evaluations, fitting and orientation, including digital technology
- Assistive listening devices consultations including FM systems, telephone amplifiers, etc.
- Custom swim plugs
- Custom hearing protection