The Diagnostic Audiology Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides expert, comprehensive evaluation and management of various degrees of hearing loss in infants, children and adolescents. Our specially trained audiologists conduct diagnostic tests to assess hearing disorders, provide guidance to parents and families, and recommend appropriate care for your child's hearing loss. We have more than 11,000 ambulatory visits each year.
Children's Diagnostic Audiology Program offers a convenient walk-in clinic at our main campus (Boston), Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. To qualify for this "no appointment" hearing test, your child must:
- be at least 3 years old
- be developing typically (in terms of language, social skills, etc.)
- have no diagnosed hearing loss
What to Expect
During the evaluation of your child's hearing, the audiologist will:
- Ask for your child's medical history
- Perform various painless and fun age-appropriate diagnostic tests
- Share the results and give you a plan for your child's treatment
- Consult other specialists about your child, as needed
- Recommend speech-language or hearing therapy, as needed
- Refer you to the Cochlear Implant Program if your child is a good candidate
- Talk with you about your role in your child's treatment and therapies
- Answer any questions you may have
What happens if my child has a hearing loss?
Some hearing problems are medically or surgically correctable if they are caused by middle ear health issues. Other hearing problems may be treated with the use of hearing aids and speech and language therapy.
If a hearing problem is found, your audiologist and pediatrician will arrange for your child to be seen by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) to explore any medical aspects of the hearing loss and will guide you to other services to help your child to communicate.
The Diagnostic Audiology Team will:
monitor the hearing loss
provide informational counseling to you and your family regarding the hearing loss
recommend hearing aids, communication strategies and ways to maximize the use of residual hearing
refer your child for additional language or developmental assessments as needed
direct you to community resources for educational or financial assistance
refer your child to Habilitative Audiology to learn about the option of a cochlear implant if your child has a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.