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What is pediatric audiology?

Pediatric-trained caregivers in audiology help young patients regain hearing and balance, including children with profound deafness diagnosed at birth or due to trauma or disease. The inner ear is responsible for hearing and balance, and ear care is part of a surgical specialty called otolaryngology, or ear, nose, and throat (ENT).

Audiologists work in collaboration with ENT specialists and perform follow-up diagnostic testing on babies who fail the newborn hearing screening. Audiologists also fit hearing aids for children of all ages. Starting in the fall of 2011, these tests and services are performed at the McLane Children’s Hospital at Scott & White.

What services do pediatric audiologists offer?

Audiologists help diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders. They are specially trained to help patients, using innovative technologies:

  • Modern hearing amplification capabilities
  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants placed in one or both ears by otolaryngologists

Audiologists also study vertigo and disequilibrium, two issues related to balance. In addition, in collaboration with otolaryngologists and other speciali/cmsdesk/sts, they help treat these problems:

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea (disrupted breathing during sleep)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Hearing loss

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