Audiology

Pediatric audiologists at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center work closely with families to provide infants, children and adolescents with comprehensive assessment and monitoring of auditory function along with audiological (re) habilitation including amplification and cochlear implant services. Our audiology services evaluate the hearing acuity in children at risk for hearing loss due to:

Medical Conditions

  • Recurring otitis media
  • Head trauma
  • Chemotherapy treatment involving potentially ototoxic medication
  • Neonatal intensive care longer than 5 days
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Infections such as meningitis or cytomegalovirus

Developmental Conditions or Syndromes

  • Speech and language delays
  • Down syndrome
  • Usher’s syndrome
  • Waardenberg syndrome

Environmental and Genetic Factors

  • Noise exposure
  • Family history of childhood hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Impaired auditory discrimination

Connecticut Children’s pediatric audiologists diagnose the source and severity of childhood hearing loss in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our advanced auditory measures include:

  • Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) testing (sedated and non-sedated)
  • Behavioral audiometry (visual reinforcement and conditioned play)
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) testing (sedated and non-sedated)
  • Extended high frequency audiometry
  • Immittance testing
  • Otoacoustic emission testing
  • Tympanometry

When a child has hearing loss, our audiology specialists explain the nature of the auditory disability and provide education on the various ways hearing can be improved. Based on the preferences of the child and family, Connecticut Children’s can coordinate care with several community schools for the hard of hearing.