Signs of Hearing Loss
Types of Hearing Loss
Causes of Hearing Loss
Genetics of Hearing Loss
Can My Child Hear?
Visiting an Audiologist
Visit an audiologist to see if your child needs a hearing test.
What an audiologist can do for your child
- Test your child's hearing
- Your child may need many different tests if the results of the first test aren't clear.
- Help your child get hearing aids
- He'll tell you what kind of hearing aids will help your child the most.
- He'll make molds of your child's ears.
- Many audiologists can lend you hearing aids until you get your own.
- He can help you apply for financial assistance to help pay for the hearing aids.
- Help take care of your child's hearing aids
- He makes sure the hearing aids fit properly.
- He'll check the hearing aids to make sure they are working.
- Keep track of your child's hearing
- He can see if your child's hearing gets better or worse. This helps him get the best hearing aid for your child as she grows.
- Babies and toddlers: See the audiologist every 6 months.
- Older children: See the audiologist once a year or more often if needed.
- Give you information
- He may tell you to call someone in your state, county or school district to find out what programs are near you.
- He may tell you about schools and other programs near you.
- He may put you in touch with other parents of children with hearing loss.
- He may tell you about different ways to communicate with your child
Where to find an audiologist
Audiologists work in many different places:
- doctor's offices
- their own homes
- local schools
- schools for the deaf
How to find a good audiologist
There are many different audiologists. You need to find a good one for your child.
- Ask your child's doctor to refer you to an audiologist.
- Ask other parents of children with hearing loss for a good audiologist.
- Ask the school for the deaf near you.
To make sure you're getting the best audiologist for your child:
- Ask the audiologist if he's worked with young children before.
- Many audiologists work with older people.
- Try to get a pediatric audiologist. This kind of audiologist works with children. He'll have the right equipment to test young children.
- Ask if he's certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
- ASHA is a group for audiologists and speech and language pathologists.
- ASHA gives audiologists a certificate of clinical competence for audiology (CCC-A) after they pass a test and get some experience.
- Ask if he's allowed to work as an audiologist.
- In some states, audiologists need a license to practice.
Next: Your first visit to the audiologist