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When Should I Take My Child to the Audiologist?

children audiologist visitHearing is important for children. It is an important component to development of speech and language skills, social skills, and it makes communication between your child and his or her family, friends, siblings, and teachers easier. Even so, some children have hearing problems that need to be addressed.

Hearing problems in children should be treated as early as possible. Early detection is key to addressing hearing difficulties and setting children with hearing difficulty up for a successful future.

Dealing with hearing difficulties early on can make growing up and communicating that much easier for both you and your child.

Because of early hearing screenings, most hearing problems are now detected in children while they are still infants. However, older children are diagnosed as well (often with less severe hearing problems) and can get help then, too.

Audiology for Children

One of the best specialists to see for hearing problems is an audiologist. All audiologists are trained to detect, evaluate, and treat hearing problems for people of all ages. If you take your child to see a regular audiologist, that's great, though it's not the only option.

Some parents (especially those who have children with profound hearing loss) prefer to see a trusted pediatric audiologist. Pediatric audiologists are more highly trained to work with infants and children, and can provide a more kid-friendly and family-friendly atmosphere for routine office visits.

When Should I Take My Child to the Audiologist?

Hearing is important for children. It is an important component to development of speech and language skills, social skills, and it makes communication between your child and his or her family, friends, siblings, and teachers easier. Even so, some children have hearing problems that need to be addressed.

Hearing problems in children should be treated as early as possible. Early detection is key to addressing hearing difficulties and setting children with hearing difficulty up for a successful future.

Dealing with hearing difficulties early on can make growing up and communicating that much easier for both you and your child.

Because of early hearing screenings, most hearing problems are now detected in children while they are still infants. However, older children are diagnosed as well (often with less severe hearing problems) and can get help then, too.

Audiology for Children

One of the best specialists to see for hearing problems is an audiologist. All audiologists are trained to detect, evaluate, and treat hearing problems for people of all ages. If you take your child to see a regular audiologist, that's great, though it's not the only option.

Some parents (especially those who have children with profound hearing loss) prefer to see a trusted pediatric audiologist.

Pediatric audiologists are more highly trained to work with infants and children, and can provide a more kid-friendly and family-friendly atmosphere for routine office visits and audiological evaluations.

How Do I Know If My Child Needs to See an Audiologist?

Some less severe cases of hearing loss can be hard to find in young children. Hearing problems can at first look like developmental delays, learning disabilities, or other childhood issues. However, upon closer examination by a trained audiologist, it can be found that the child suffers from a hearing problem.

Common symptoms of hearing loss in children are:

  • 7-12 months: Child does not respond to loud noises or respond to name being called.
  • 16-18 months: Child does not say “mama” or “dada” or other simple words to express needs.
  • 37-48 months: The child's speech is not easily understood.

Auditory Processing Disorder

Another common hearing problem that is found in children is auditory processing disorder. This disorder impairs a person's ability to process auditory sounds correctly, making it difficult for the child to function normally in certain environments such as a noisy classroom.

Although this disorder can be present in people of all ages, auditory processing evaluations (used to determine if a person has auditory processing disorder) cannot usually be performed until a child is at least 7 years old and is able to repeat back simple phrases and number strings.

Whatever is the issue, taking your child to an audiologist for an evaluation can give you peace of mind in knowing if your child suffers from hearing difficulties or not.

One main part of an audiologists job is to sit with you after tests and evaluations and explain the results to you. This gives you a chance to ask lots of questions and get answers so you know exactly what is going on with your child's hearing.