It is imperative that our clients with pediatric hearing loss are identified and provided with appropriate recommendations including amplification when needed. Early intervention which includes amplification and/or FM assistive listening devices when necessary is important to minimize the impact of the auditory deficit on a child’s speech, language and learning abilities.
REM Audiology focuses upon children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Voorhees and Evesham Township, New Jersey in need of hearing tests and intervention including hearing aids and assistive listening units.
REM pediatric audiologists network with speech/language pathologists and other professionals for therapies in various aspects of child development. REM pediatric audiologists also go into schools for audiological support addressing pediatric hearing loss and auditory processing problems.
PEDIATRIC HEARING TESTING
VISUAL REINFORCEMENT AUDIOMETRY
- 6 months to two years of age.
- Sound is presented by the audiologist and the child is reinforced by a toy that lights up and moves around when he/she turns in response to the sound stimulus.
CONDITIONED PLAY AUDIOMETRY
- 2 to 5 years of age
- Sound is presented through headphones (if tolerated) and the child throws a ball in a bucket when he/she hears the sound stimulus.
- 5 years and older.
- Sound is presented through headphones and the child either pushes a button, raises his hand, or responds verbally “I heard the whistle” to the stimulus.
These behavioral audiometry techniques all incorporate pediatric hearing testing of the child’s sensitivity to specific frequencies as well as their responses to speech stimuli.
- A Pediatric Audiologist from our Pennsylvania or New Jersey office assesses middle ear function by placing a small probe tip into the ear canal that emits sound pressure into the ear canal to measure the movement of the eardrum.
- This form of audiologist hearing testing can determine the presence of fluid behind the eardrum, negative pressure in the middle ear, and/or a large ear canal volume related to a perforated eardrum.
- A Pediatric Audiologist will assess how sound travels from the middle ear muscles to the neural pathways beyond the inner ear causing middle ears muscles to respond to loud sounds.
- Acoustic reflex testing can help diagnose auditory problems related to auditory neuropathies that cause problems understanding speech.
- REM’s Philadelphia or New Jersey audiologist will assess the function of the inner hair cells in the cochlea, the inner portion of the ear. The audiologist places a small probe tip into the ear canal that presents sounds of different frequencies. Hearing loss can be diagnosed even for newborn children.
CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING
- Our Pennsylvania pediatric audiologists and New Jersey pediatric audiologists are specialists in the assessment of central auditory deficits.
- These protocols are performed on children who have normal hearing yet have auditory deficits such as difficulty listening in noise, understanding conversational speech, remembering auditory information, and difficulty with phonetic analysis.
- Children who are candidates for auditory processing problems may have difficulty reading, spelling, and learning in the classroom due to difficulty understanding conversational speech.
- The auditory processing test results are integral part of the child’s educational strategies.
REM is also proud to offer ARIA Therapy. The goal of ARIA therapy is to correct the asymmetric system your child is listening through and allow both ears to work together in unison. Improving the symmetry or both auditory pathways will free up cognitive resources to be used elsewhere, making both listening and learning more efficient. Amblyaudia can usually be treated with five one-hour sessions over a span of 5 weeks.
- Routine hearing aid checks
- FM checks
- Hearing aid and FM repair and servicing
- Custom earmold/hearing aid impressions
- Aural rehabilitation for children with hearing loss or auditory processing disorder
- Auditory processing evaluations and parental counseling sessions
- Selection and purchase or appropriate amplification and technology for personal and academic use
- Preventative hearing protection consultations and devices
See for yourself how a Pediatric Audiologist can change your child’s life with appropriate interventions which may include hearing aids.