What to Expect
The audiologist will test your child’s hearing through wearing headphones (if tolerated) or speakers in a sound booth. Depending on the age and abilities of your child, one or two audiologist(s) may complete the diagnostic hearing evaluation.
Types of Hearing Loss
Three types of hearing loss.
The most common type in the childhood population is conductive hearing loss. This type of hearing loss can be treated medically most of the time. We would refer your child to a specialist for medical treatment (medications or surgical options). The second type is a sensorineural hearing loss. This is referred to as “nerve” loss with damage inside the cochlea (hearing organ) or along the neural pathway. This hearing loss can be assisted by use of hearing aids or cochlear implants. Mixed hearing loss is the last type of hearing loss which is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Your child will be referred to an ENT for treatment of the conductive component and then would return to our practice for fitting of hearing aids for the sensorineural hearing loss.