Audiology

The Audiology Practice at Valley Children’s provides expert diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss in infants and children.  Services occur in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. We provide team care and often collaborate with speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, and the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic to develop comprehensive treatment plans. 

Our audiologists hold a master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited university and are licensed by the State of California. The Audiology Practice has been designated a Type C Communication Disorder Center by California Children’s Services. 

Children who are suspected of having or are at risk for auditory disorders may be referred to Audiology Services for an age-appropriate audiologic evaluation to establish the presence of hearing loss and, if present, to determine the degree and type of hearing loss. We also provide hearing aid dispensing services. 

Potential Causes of Hearing Loss

  • Neurologic disorders
  • Trauma
  • Ear malformations
  • Infectious diseases
  • Chemotherapy treatment
  • Ear infections

Behaviors Associated with Hearing Loss

  • Inconsistent responses to sound
  • Poor discrimination of speech sounds
  • Delayed speech and language development
  • Speech is difficult to understand
  • Absent startle response to loud noises

Expertise

  • Hearing aid services
  • Earmold impressions
  • Fitting/Dispensing and programming
  • Verification
  • Repairs
  • Bone anchored hearing device management
  • Fitting and programming
  • Verification
  • Repairs
  • Cochlear implant programming/troubleshooting

Diagnostic Services

  • Newborn Hearing Screening Program
  • Developmentally appropriate audiology evaluation
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) 
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
  • Tympanometry