I’m going to the Carle ECHO building to have a special test to see how well I can hear. ECHO stands for “Expanding Children’s Hearing Opportunities.”
We’ll check in at the front desk and then sit in the colorful waiting room until my name is called.
The friendly audiologist will call my name when it’s time for my hearing test.
We’ll walk down the hallway to a special room called a sound booth. It’s very quiet inside the booth. This is what the sound booth looks like. I can sit on mom or dad’s lap or in a chair by myself. The audiologist will ask us questions about my ears.
The audiologist has a special flashlight she uses to look in people’s ears. She will look in both my ears.
She will then show me a colorful rubber plug that she’ll hold up to each of my ears. She will let me touch it first. It feels squishy. When she puts it up to my ear, it will make a humming sound and my ear will draw a picture on a computer screen! It will look like a mountain or a pancake! All this will only take a few seconds and then she’ll put the plug up to my other ear.
Now it’s time to play some fun listening games. I’ll wear little soft squishy earphones that go in my ears or I can wear headphones that go over my ears. I can see what they look like and touch them before they’re put in my ears.
Another audiologist will sit in the booth with me to help me play the games. When I hear a “beep-beep-beep” sound, I’ll put a toy in a bucket or maybe put a piece on a puzzle. I might also be asked to say some words.
The audiologist will tell me when I can take off the earphones. My visit to ECHO will be all done and it’ll be time to go. Getting a hearing test is lots of fun!
The goal of our picture story is to tell your child what to expect during their visit. However, there may not be a picture for everything your child will experience with us. We recommend that you remind your child that they may see a different staff person than the one in the picture. Depending on your child’s comfort level, the steps in the story may be done in a different order than the way they’re shown in our story.
Below are several ways you can help your child use this picture story:
If you can, practice some of the steps in the story with your child before the appointment. Some of the things you can practice are:
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