At St Joseph Institute for the Deaf, we believe all children can have quality access to sound. Our on-site audiology department can help make this belief a reality for your child.
The audiology department at St. Joseph Institute is staffed by a licensed and certified Doctor of Audiology who provides care to children from birth to 18 years. We diagnose and confirm the presence of hearing loss in children. Once a child has been identified with a hearing loss we provide detailed explanation of the loss and possible effects on listening and spoken language.
“This is where we belong, someone finally knows what to do with our son’s hearing loss and wants to help us.”Mom in Indiana
We work with the family through the process of determining appropriate amplification and achieving maximum benefit from their device(s). To accomplish this, our early intervention patients (birth to 3 years) are seen once a month in order to monitor the stability of the hearing, to fit and adjust devices to ensure access to all speech sounds, and to watch for signs of ear infection.
We provide diagnostic and behavioral testing which include:
- Immittance Testing- Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Screening
- Otoacoustic Emissions Screening
- Behavioral Observation Audiometry
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
- Conditioned Play Audiometry
Hearing aid settings are verified using behavioral responses in combination with the use of Real-Ear Measures. This provides us with information about the amount of benefit being received from the devices.
Pediatric patients are required by law to receive diagnosis, treatment, and services of hearing loss by a licensed audiologist (rather than a hearing instrument specialist/dispenser). St. Joseph Institute emphasizes and encourages consistent use of amplification devices in order to promote the development of speech and language. Ear infections are common in childhood and can temporarily compound/worsen/intensify the effects of a hearing loss. Monthly monitoring also helps the pediatrician or ENT to determine the appropriate intervention for a child who may be experiencing chronic middle ear problems.
For our school-age and teenage patients, we recommend annual visits to conduct hearing testing and to check for proper equipment function. It is crucial for these children to have access to auditory information in order to be successful in school.
Childhood hearing loss is the beginning of a lifelong journey. We’ll walk with you.
Contact us today at 314-918-1369 to begin your services.