Taking Your Child to An Audiologist
Hearing loss in children is becoming increasingly popular in today’s world. If you feel that your child is showing signs of hearing loss, it might be time to see an audiologist for a professional diagnosis. While most babies in the U.S. are screened for hearing loss at birth, there are many children that develop this condition a little later in their lives. If you feel that something is off with your child’s hearing, the best thing to do is book an appointment with an audiologist.
The more prepared you are on your first visit; the smoother your appointment will go. Here are some important things you need to know before your child’s first appointment with the audiologist.
Audiologists are the right professionals for your child
It is important to have this confidence in your hearing care professional before you can trust them with your child’s treatment. Audiologists are highly qualified, with an advanced degree in audiology. They are also one of the few hearing care professionals qualified to treat hearing loss in children.
You may not need to see them again
Many times hearing loss in children can be temporary. This is often due to an excessive buildup of earwax that acts as an obstruction in the ear canal and prevents sound from entering the inner ear properly. Your child may also feel some pain due to accumulated earwax. In such cases, the audiologist will be able to remove the hardened earwax with the help of specialized instruments. He will then wash the ear and have you off on your way.
It may be more complicated
However, there may be something more complicated than earwax buildup causing hearing loss in your child. If the initial inspection rules out temporary hearing loss, your child’s audiologist will conduct several tests to check different parts of the ear, including the ear canal and the eardrum. But don’t worry; these tests won’t be painful for your child. They usually include the audiologist using an instrument called an otoscope to ‘see’ inside your child’s ear canal, or they may require your child to wear headphones and listen to several soft sounds at different pitches.
Test results matter a lot
What your child’s hearing test results show is the most important piece of information for the audiologist. These tests not only show the cause of hearing loss, but also dictate what kind of treatment will be best for your child. Test results, often charted on an audiogram, help create a visual picture of how you hear. They also test how well you hear sounds at different loudness levels and at different pitches.
Treatment is the best option
If your child is diagnosed with hearing loss, the best course of action is to seek treatment. Getting hearing loss treatment will not only help your child live an independent life, but will also ensure that he has the same opportunities in life as a child with regular hearing. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, surgery and assistive listening devices are some treatment options for your child.