Audiology is the science of testing the auditory system. It’s important for each piece of this system to work as well as possible in order to facilitate communication. We examine each piece and work with your family and other members of your child’s care team to meet all of your child’s audiological needs.
Benefits of Testing
◦ Early identification and intervention of a hearing loss increases a child’s ability develop language and speech skills to a more developmental level.
◦ Education and support for families as they make decisions for their child.
◦ Providing amplification or an assistive listening device helps a child hear more clearly.
◦ Help children communicate better during conversations.
◦ Provide strategies for listening in noisy and difficult environments.
◦ Provide information to the family about the child’s hearing loss and amplification options that are available.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS AN AUDITORY DISORDER?
There are a few clues to look for. Does your child seem to miss half of what you’re saying? Do they ask you to speak up or to repeat yourself frequently? Do you have to call their name several times to get their attention, or to make sure they are looking at you before they seems to hear you? Do they have trouble following directions, or remembering multiple-step instructions? Do they have speech delays or difficulties? Do they turn the television up too loud, or sit too close to it? Any of these things could indicate an auditory disorder, and your child could benefit from an audiological evaluation. The audiologist will perform several tests to determine if there is an auditory disorder and how to proceed with treatment
WHY DOES AUDIOLOGY MATTER
Hearing the auditory and seeing the visual cues are two physical senses directly involved in your child’s first steps towards the development of successful communication. Being able to hear and accurately process sounds directly results in helping your child establish meaningful connections with both you and your family as well as with those in the world around them. Autism is sometimes described as a social/communication problem. Processing auditory information is a critical component of social communication, and people with autism spectrum disorders typically have problems processing this information. Children diagnosed with ASD are as unique as their fingerprints when it comes to the presentation of symptoms, behaviors, cognitive function, and their developmental needs. Research shows that early intervention is highly correlated with better outcomes.
The better that children with ASD understand auditory information, the better they can comprehend their environment, both socially and academically. The better we understand the child with Autism, the better we can develop ways to intervene in an effective manner.
“Blindness separates people from things; Deafness separates us from people”
– Helen Keller