Testing & Diagnosis for Hearing Loss in Children

Early intervention and detection of hearing loss is crucial; this will prevent your child from enduring additional problems with speech and language development. A healthcare team approach is normally used when a child is diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss.

At Children's, team members include:

  • Audiologists. An audiologist specializes in the evaluation and management of hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. Audiologists are also involved with the fitting and management of hearing aids and other assistive devices.
  • Otolaryngologists. These physicians have special training in medical and surgical treatment for children who have disorders of the ear, nose, and throat.
  • Speech pathologists. A speech pathologist helps evaluate and manage speech, language, and hearing problems in your child.

At Boston Children's, our diagnostic audiology team will:

  • monitor your child's hearing loss
  • provide counseling to you and your family regarding the hearing loss
  • recommend hearing aids and ways to maximize the use of residual hearing
  • refer your child for additional language or developmental assessments
  • direct you to community resources for educational or financial assistance
  • refer your child to the Habilitative Audiology Program to learn about the option of a cochlear implant if your child has a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears