PEDIATRIC HEARING CLINIC

Pediatrics 2018-01-21T19:30:38+00:00

Lakeside Hearing is one of the only private audiology clinics in
the Interior assessing children younger than 5 years of age.

 

We offer sound field visual reinforcement audiometry, conditioned play audiometry, and otoacoustic emissions that enable us to extend our services to children 12 months of age and older. The aim of this service is to provide an accessible option for parents and to help reduce wait times for pediatric audiology services through Interior Health.

Pediatric Assessments

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)

These tests provide a unique way to examine the function of the cochlea. Sounds are sent to the child’s ear with a small loudspeaker. A microphone records the response to the sound from the cochlea (known as an emission). This offers valuable information about the sensory hair cells in the cochlea and the integrity of the middle and outer ear. It requires no response from the child and can rule out hearing loss of a mild degree or greater.

Tympanometry (acoustic immittance testing)

This test helps determine how well the eardrum and middle ear are working. A gentle puff of air is delivered into the child’s ear and the amount the eardrum moves in response to change in air pressure is recorded. If the eardrum does not move, for example, it could mean there is fluid behind the eardrum and otitis media with effusion may be present.

Visual response audiometry (VRA)

This procedure is used for children in the 6-month to 2-year range or hard to test children. With this technique, sounds are presented through headphones or a loudspeaker. Young children are taught to turn toward an animated toy or video as reinforcement for every time they hear a sound. This type of testing gets information about the child’s hearing in both ears plotted on an audiogram.

Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)

Young children and preschoolers are tested with CPA. This uses a game activity every time a sound is heard. One example is having the child drop a block in a bucket when a sound is heard. Sounds are usually presented through earphones and results are graphed on an audiogram. As with VRA, it is possible to get information about the child’s hearing across pitches in both ears.

Pure Tone Audiometry

This technique is used with older children. Children are asked to push a button or raise their hand when a sound is heard through headphones, earphones placed in the child’s ear or through a loudspeaker (in the case of an ear infection) known as soundfield audiometry.

Speech Discrimination Tests

When hearing loss is present, it is important to determine how well the child can understand speech under different listening conditions. Speech discrimination tests check the child’s ability to hear words at different listening levels. A variety of tests are available to test children ranging from 3 years onwards.

Pediatric Treatment

Hearing Aids

We offer a wide range of pediatric hearing aids from a variety of manufacturers including: Oticon, Phonak, Resound, Siemens, Widex, Starkey, and Bernafon. We collaborate with hearing resource teachers to make sure children have the optimal access to auditory information in the classroom. We offer hearing aid technology exclusively made for children of all ages with mild to profound hearing losses. Pediatric hearing aids are water resistant and dust tight so children and parents can depend upon its durability and reliability.

Roger FM System

We are a Roger partner, allowing us to access the most recent advancements in assistive listening technology to improve signal to noise ratios for children within the classroom.

Custom Swim Plugs

We provide custom swim plugs for children who have tympanostomy tubes.

Speech Language Evaluation and Therapy

Our speech pathologist specializes in language and auditory processing and provides assessment and therapy in the following areas: receptive/expressive language; working memory; and language processing.

Pure Tone Audiometry

This technique is used with older children. Children are asked to push a button or raise their hand when a sound is heard through headphones, earphones placed in the child’s ear or through a loudspeaker (in the case of an ear infection) known as soundfield audiometry.

Speech Discrimination Tests

When hearing loss is present, it is important to determine how well the child can understand speech under different listening conditions. Speech discrimination tests check the child’s ability to hear words at different listening levels. A variety of tests are available to test children ranging from 3 years onwards.

Auditory Processing Evaluation & Therapy

Children with auditory processing weakness often have normal hearing but demonstrate difficulty keeping up with the natural flow of speech; understanding speech in less than optimal conditions; understanding complex verbal directions, and become easily distracted in the presence of background noise. Many of these children will exhibit academic difficulty (specifically related to language arts) if deficits remain unidentified and unmanaged.

The audiologist will assess performance on auditory tasks in various listening conditions. Auditory processing screening is offered at age five; a comprehensive evaluation is offered at age 7 or 8 depending on the child’s ability to attend to stimuli in the sound booth for approximately one hour.

Based on the child’s auditory profile, we offer individual auditory training therapy with a registered speech language pathologist as well as several online auditory training programs such as: CAPDOTS, Fast ForWord, LISN and learnEarobics, and Hear Builders. Therapies are offered over a 12 week block.

In addition to therapy: self-advocacy; coping skills; and acoustic environmental recommendations are provided.

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