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Who We Are & What We Do: Outpatient Audiology

The Audiology Department at Children’s Specialized Hospital provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for routine diagnostic, behavioral,  and conventional audiometry as well as non-behavioral audiometric tests and auditory processing evaluations for children seven years and older. Based on the developmental age of the patient, any signs related to auditory processing can require additional testing.

If you see possible signs of hearing loss, or there is a history of hearing loss within the family, an audiometric tests or auditory processing evaluations will be administered.

Behavioral observation is recommended for children less than six months of age, and observes infants body reactions as they are presented with various sounds.

For children six months to three years; visual reinforcement is used when the child localizes on specific sounds.

Play Audiometry evaluation is conducted for children 3 – 5 years and tests their ability to respond to a sound by a play activity.

Non behavioral audiometric tests such as tympanometry, otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response test (ABR) are computer bases tests that do not require the child to response to what is heard.  The child does not have to respond to what is heard during these non-behavioral audiometric tests