How's Your Hearing? Ask an Audiologist.

Aural Rehabilitation for Children

A Parent's Guide
The diagnosis of hearing loss in a child is often upsetting news for parents. There are many things to learn, think about, review, and manage. Your audiologist can be a valuable resource as you venture into new territory.

What Is an Audiologist?
An audiologist is a health-care professional who diagnoses, treats, and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance problems. Your child's local school district or your child's physician can refer you to an audiologist who is skilled in working with children, parents and family members.

How Can Your Audiologist Help?
Your audiologist will be instrumental in helping your child be successful and will partner with you to ensure the best outcomes for your child and family. Once your child has been diagnosed with a hearing loss, your audiologist can help you: Audiologists not only diagnose hearing loss, they also fit children with amplification instruments such as hearing aids, FM systems, alerting and assistive listening devices-and for children who receive cochlear implants, your audiologist may provide a number of pre- and post-implant services. Your audiologist may provide or coordinate rehabilitation such as auditory training, performance monitoring, counseling and advocacy services. Your audiologist can provide a number of suggestions about how to promote your child's listening and communication abilities.

Audiologists often work with families and a team of professionals, such as speech-language pathologists, pediatricians, ear, nose, throat (otolaryngology) physicians, early intervention specialists, classroom teachers and teachers of the hearing impaired. The family directs this collaboration and the audiologist provides necessary support to receive the services you and your child need.

You and Your Child's Audiologist: A Winning Team!
Your child's audiologist is the expert in hearing, and you are the expert knowing your child and their needs, abilities, and goals. Your audiologist can provide diagnostic and support services to help your child reach for the stars. Consider your audiologist as one of the primary sources of help and guidance on your child's journey to successful communication and the best possible quality of life.

If you think your child may have a hearing loss, "Find an Audiologist" and set up an appointment to get your child’s hearing checked.