Aural Rehabilitation for ChildrenA 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:
- Understand your child's hearing loss.
- Assist you in making decisions about treatment options to help your child achieve their maximum potential.
- Help you determine:
- Appropriate amplification options.
- Communication options for your child and famil.
- Ways to provide a rich communicative environment for your child
- Community resources, educational programs, and support services.
- You and your child's legal rights.
- Goal setting for your child.
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.