Behavioral and speech issues are often the first indicators of a possible hearing problem. These problems arise when a child has a hearing deficit. Pediatric audiologists can diagnose speech and hearing disorders.
What is pediatric audiology?
Pediatric audiology is a type of healthcare offered to both infants and young children who are experiencing hearing problems or sound recognition issues. The audiology process involves both diagnostic and rehabilitation services, which are used to determine the type of hearing disorder and to treat it accordingly. Finding hearing problems early in a child? life is essential for correction of these issues and prevention of further hearing problems.
What is a pediatric audiologist?
A pediatric audiologist is a specialist within the medical field who works with pediatric patients who have hearing and speech deficits. They are skilled professionals who use different forms of testing in order to find the problem and then determine which method of correction will treat the issue and help prevent it from getting worse.
What conditions do pediatric audiologists treat?
The conditions treated by a pediatric audiologist include various problems hearing and speech. One area of treatment involves middle ear conditions, which can lead to chronic or repeated ear infections. Other conditions treated include:
- Evaluation and treatment of hearing loss
- Malformations of different areas of the ear
- Sensory hearing disorders
- Hearing problems caused by gastroesophageal reflex
- Detection and removal of foreign objects from the ear canal
Indicators of Child Hearing Loss:
- Speaks loudly
- Attention problems
- Only responds when face-to-face
- Has a delayed reaction when spoken to
- Has no response when called upon
- Has trouble following directions