Management of Hearing Loss
Early intervention and detection of hearing loss is necessary to prevent 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.
Management of hearing loss may involve the services of one or more of the following:
- Otolaryngologist - A physician with special training in medical and surgical treatment of children who have disorders of the ear, nose and throat.
- Audiologist - A professional who specializes in the evaluation and management of hearing and balance problems in children. Audiologists are also involved with the fitting and management of hearing aids and other assistive devices.
- Speech pathologist - A professional who helps evaluate and manage speech, language and hearing problems in your child.
The specific treatment for this condition depends on many factors and is tailored for each child. Please discuss your child's condition, treatment options and your preferences with your child's physician or healthcare provider.
Management of hearing loss may include one or more of the following:
- Use of hearing aids - battery-operated devices that amplify sound. A microphone receives the sound and amplifies it so that it is louder to the child.
- Cochlear implants - a surgically placed appliance that helps to transmit electrical stimulation to the inner ear. Only certain children are candidates for this type of device. Consult your child's physician for more information.
- Use of assisted listening devices in a school setting such as FM systems that help to amplify the teacher's voice over background noise.
- Training in sign language and lip reading
Reviewed by: Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE
Date: April 2009