Children’s Hospital Boston’s Audiology program has 27 audiologists at its Boston campus and satellite clinics at Waltham, Lexington and Peabody. Of them, 17 have an AuD (Doctor of Audiology) or other doctoral degree, and seven more audiologists will obtain their AuD within the year.
Their research has identified specific risk factors for hearing loss and balance disorders in children who previously passed newborn hearing screening tests. This underscores the importance of primary care physicians remaining vigilant in looking for hearing problems as a potential cause of speech-language delay, even if the child passed the newborn hearing screening.
Children’s audiologists can provide diagnostic assessment to children at any age using developmentally appropriate tests. Any time there is concern for speech-language delay, prompt referral to an audiologist is recommended to rule out hearing loss as a contributing factor. Physicians are welcome to refer for assessment and further management, should a hearing disorder be identified.
Our audiologists work with the primary care physician and the family, guiding early intervention and speech-language evaluation, and (when appropriate) recommending follow-up evaluation to Otolaryngology and fitting devices, such as hearing aids and/or referral to cochlear implant services.
Make a referral:
Boston and Waltham: 617-355-6461
Read more about the program: childrenshospital.org/oto
Request an appointment: childrenshospital.org/appointment