Pediatric Audiological Evaluations are conducted in a soundproof booth and are patient driven. The type of testing utilized to evaluate a child’s hearing is dependent upon a number of factors including age and maturity. Testing methods may include Behavioral Observation Audiometry (BOA), Conditioned Orientation Response (COR), Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA), Conditioning Play Audiometry or traditional testing. Middle ear testing using impedance testing and inner ear testing including Otoacoustic emissions testing are also performed. Our Doctors of Audiology are specially trained to test the hearing of all ages, from newborns to geriatrics.
Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced in treating young children. We can even conduct a pediatric hearing test on newborns, and evidence has shown that early detection of hearing problems through a pediatric hearing screening can improve a child’s speech and language ability in the future. Most children are tested through behavioral pediatric hearing exams which may be conducted like games. For very young children from ages 6 months to 3 years, we can conduct Visual Reinforcement Audiometry, where sounds are presented through speakers and sometimes headphones, and the child is taught to turn toward an animated toy every time they hear a sound. The data from this test is then graphed on an audiogram.
Fitting Your Child For A Hearing Aid
Aural rehabilitation services include hearing aid evaluations, dispensing and repairs, custom earmolds for hearing aids, and providing appropriate assistive listening devices such as FM systems. The Hearing Group works closely with Oticon and Phonak, two of the most respected hearing aid manufacturers that also specialize in hearing aids for children, to provide the highest quality of hearing rehabilitation.
When treating children in need of a hearing aid, our audiologists will typically fit them with behind-the-ear style hearing aids coupled to a custom ear mold. We can make new earmolds for your child as they grow. Our office is equipped with real ear measurement using the Axiom system to ensure that a child is receiving the appropriate amount of amplification.
In-the-ear hearing aids are typically not recommended for children who have not yet reached their teen years because their ear canal hasn’t yet grown to full size.
Coverage For Your Child’s Treatment
In the State of New Jersey Grace’s Law can provide up to $1000.00 per hearing aid in assistance for the purchase of hearing aids. We can contact your insurance company to see if your insurance carrier participates with this mandate.