The Carle Pediatric Hearing Center staff works with families to diagnose hearing loss in children. With more than 20 years experience and state-of-the-art technology, Carle audiologists and ear, nose and throat specialists help families understand how hearing loss affects a child's development and available treatment options.
The impact of hearing loss on a child's development depends on the severity and type of loss. The Pediatric Hearing Center staff educates families about the impact of hearing loss on speech, language and listening skills. Depending on the type and extent of hearing loss, staff will recommend the most appropriate treatment option:
- Digital hearing aids: Hearing aids are used to treat the majority of pediatric hearing losses. A hearing aid works by amplifying sound in the frequency range where hearing loss is present. Carle audiologists work with families to determine the most appropriate style of hearing aid for the child's needs.
- Bone-anchored hearing system: A bone-anchored hearing system transmits sound to the inner ear through bone conduction, bypassing the outer and middle ear. This is most appropriate for children with hearing loss caused by a structural issue in the middle ear, or for those with significant hearing loss in only one ear. PHC staff works with families to determine if a surgical or non-surgical bone-anchored device is the best option.
- Cochlear implants: A cochlear implant is a device for patients with severe to profound hearing loss who do not adequately benefit from hearing aids. The implant, composed of an external sound processor and an internal receiver stimulator, transmits sound past damaged hearing nerve endings in the inner ear. Many studies, including those conducted at the Carle Pediatric Hearing Center, confirm the positive effects of cochlear implantation, which can allow a child born deaf to reach age-appropriate speech and language milestones, especially when implanted early. Learn more about cochlear implants »