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Audiology


The Audiology Practice at Children’s Hospital Central California provides expert diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss in infants and children.  Services occur in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. We provide interdisciplinary care and often collaborate with speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, and the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic to develop comprehensive treatment plans.

Our audiologists hold a master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited university, are licensed by the State of California, and have earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Audiology Practice has been designated a Type C Communication Disorder Center by California Children’s Services.

Conditions Treated and Services Offered

Children suspected of having or at risk for auditory disorders may be referred to Audiology Services for an age-appropriate audiologic evaluation to establish the presence, determine the degree and type, and identify the site of the disorder. Specific referral criteria include:

  • Decreased hearing sensitivity, sudden deafness
  • Absent or inconsistent responses to sound for age
  • Poor discrimination of speech sounds
  • Family history of congenital/delayed onset of sensorineural hearing loss
  • Craniofacial anomalies/syndromes impacting auditory system
  • Microtia, Anotia
  • Neurodegenerative disorders impacting auditory system
  • Severe asphyxia at birth
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Childhood infectious diseases associated with sensorineural hearing loss
  • Mumps, Measles
  • Impacted cerumen, foreign body obstruction
  • Serious, acute or chronic otitis media
  • Tympanic membrane perforation, barotrauma
  • Neoplasms in ear canal, cholesteatoma
  • Retrocochlear neoplasm
  • Meiniere’s Disease
  • Tympanosclerosis, ossicular fixation, otosclerosis
  • Tinnitus
  • Exposure to excessive noise

Expertise

  • Cochlear Implant Programming
  • Aural Habilitation Services
  • Swim Plug Manufacturing

Diagnostic Services

  • Newborn Hearing Screening Program
  • Audiology Evaluation
  • Visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA)
  • Conditioned play audiometry (CPA)
  • Conventional audiometry
  • Speech perception testing
  • Electrophysiologic testing
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) – sedation available
  • BAER Screen via ALGO
  • Auditory steady state response testing
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
  • Impedance Audiometry
  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic reflex testing
  • Comprehensive Hearing Aid Services
  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring

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