Audiology for Children

From lullabies to laughter, school lessons to songs and more, you want your child to hear all the sounds of the world.

Expert Care for Pediatric Hearing Loss

If you feel your child misses certain sounds or you notice difficulties with their communication or how they respond to family, friends or teachers, you can get an extensive hearing evaluation for your child from the expert pediatric audiologists and otolaryngologists at OU Health Oklahoma Ear Institute in Oklahoma City.

You and your child will work with the OU Health team of hearing specialists to develop an accurate diagnosis, explore the latest treatments and advanced hearing technologies, and help determine the best options for your child’s specific situation.

Extensive Audiology Diagnosis & Evaluation

For any child who experiences a hearing loss, or if your child receives a referral for a hearing screening or needs hearing evaluation before starting developmental therapies, take advantage of the expert audiologists at OU Health for diagnostic evaluation and testing that may include:

  • Conditioned play audiometry (CPA) – Evaluates hearing sensitivity in young children
  • Conventional audiometry
  • Electrophysiology, including natural-sleep and sedated brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DOAE)
  • Immittance audiometry, including tympanometry, acoustic reflex thresholds and acoustic reflex decay
  • Visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) – Evaluates hearing sensitivity in infants and young children

Learn more about hearing tests for babies and children.

Comprehensive Services for Your Child’s Hearing

At OU Health, you benefit from advanced children’s ear, nose and throat services and the expertise of audiology professionals, as well as the latest hearing aid technology, including digital devices with directional microphones to help screen out background noise for a clear and comfortable listening experience.

Whether treatment options involve hearing aids, digital hearing systems or hearing augmentation surgery, you’ll find compassionate guidance from experienced OU Health pediatric audiologists who help you choose the best hearing solutions for your child.

Hearing Augmentation

When hearing loss needs more than hearing aids, talk with OU Health audiologists about hearing augmentation devices and implantation procedures to determine the approach that best fits your child’s needs. Explore surgically implantable options, including:

  • Bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) systems – Uses bone conduction of sound vibrations to directly reach the inner ear when the outer or middle ears don’t transmit sound correctly, typically from physical malformations or certain chronic or rare conditions; works best for people with at least one normally functioning inner ear, conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss or complete hearing loss in one ear; devices may include ADHEAR, a nonsurgical, self-adhesive adapter, or a different technology based on CROS (contralateral muting of signals)
  • Cochlear implantation (CI) – Provides the sensation of sound through direct stimulation of the auditory nerve; works best for people with profound hearing loss in both ears who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids; helps give children exposure to sound during important early stages of language learning, especially when supported by intensive speech and language therapy

Hearing Aids & Hearing Accessories

Through OU Health pediatric audiology services, you gain access to a wide range of hearing aids and accessories for your child, as well as advanced diagnostics for proper fit, troubleshooting, expert repair and ongoing maintenance of the devices you select.

Most common hearing aid maintenance and repair services occur while you wait or within 24 hours, so your child will quickly hear the sounds of life in their world again.

At OU Health, you can take advantage of hearing aid technology and services such as:

  • ADHEAR non-implanted/self-adhesive bone conduction device
  • Batteries
  • BAHA (bone-anchored hearing aid) devices
  • Connectivity options
  • CROS-based devices
  • Custom hearing protection
  • Earmolds
  • Extended warranty programs
  • Retention devices to keep hearing aids securely in place, including EarGear, Pilot Caps, OtoClips, EarSuspenders and more
  • Swimming and water protection devices
Request an Appointment

If your child experiences hearing loss, request an appointment for expert help from the pediatric audiologists at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Call 405-271-2662 today.