Children's Health and Wellness

Management of Hearing Loss

Early intervention and detection of hearing loss is necessary to prevent additional problems with speech and language development. A healthcare team approach is normally used when a child is diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss. Team members include the following:

  • Audiologist. A professional who specializes in the evaluation and management of hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. Audiologists are also involved with the fitting and management of hearing aids and other assistive devices.

  • Otolaryngologist. A doctor with special training in medical and surgical treatment for children who have disorders of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT doctor).

  • Speech pathologist. A professional who helps evaluate and manage speech, language, and hearing problems in your child.

Your child’s healthcare provider will figure out the best treatment for your child based on:

  • How old your child is

  • Your child's overall health and medical history

  • How sick he or she is

  • How well your child can handle specific medicines, treatments, or therapies

  • How long the condition is expected to last

  • Your opinion or preference

Management of hearing loss may include one or more of the following:

  • Hearing aids. Electronic or battery-operated devices that can amplify and change sound. A microphone receives the sound and converts it into sound waves. The sound waves are then converted into electrical signals.

  • Cochlear implants. A surgically placed appliance that helps to transmit electrical stimulation to the inner ear. Only children with hearing loss too severe for hearing aid use are candidates for this type of device. Consult your child's healthcare provider for more information.

  • Training in sign language and lip reading

Online Source: Scope of Practice in Audiology, American Speech Language Hearing Association
Online Source: Cochlear Implants, American Speech Language Hearing Association
Online Source: Overview of Hearing Aid, American Speech Language Hearing Association
Online Source: SPeech Language Pathologists About Speech Language Pathology, American Speech Language Hearing Association
Online Source: Hearing Loss in Children Learning Language, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Online Source: What is an Otolaryngologist? , American Academy of Otolarygology Head and Neck Surgery
Online Editor: Tchang, Kimberly
Online Medical Reviewer: Kacker, Ashutosh, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Karlin, Ronald, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2016
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