Partnering With ‘Texas Hearing Institute’ to Help Babies That Have Failed Their Screenings
Recently, there has been a rise in the number of newborns failing their hearing screenings. Unfortunately, the current advice is for families to travel over two hours to Houston for an ABR test, which can further complicate matters.
We strongly believe that this is an unreasonable and potentially harmful situation for families and the long-term hearing health of children across East Texas.
To address this issue, we have partnered with the ‘Texas Hearing Institute’ to offer ABR (Auditory Brainstem Response) tests to babies who have failed their screenings, regardless of insurance coverage.
Using TeleAudiology, we can connect families with the ‘Texas Hearing Institute’ and benefit from their non-profit arrangement, ensuring that babies’ hearing health receives prompt and thorough attention.
If your child has failed their screening, and you’re eager to progress in the next phase of testing, then the team at Audiological Services can help.
Simply call us or complete the form on this page for more information, and to schedule your visit.
Frequently Asked Questions About Children’s Hearing Loss
Common Causes of Hearing Loss in Children
This is the most common cause of childhood hearing loss. It is related to inflammation of the middle ear, just behind the eardrum and often into the Eustachian tubes.
Because the Eustachian tubes are smaller and less angled in children than in adults, they are more easily blocked and facilitate fluid buildup that leads to “conductive” hearing loss.
Symptoms of otitis media typically include an earache and fever, and treatment can involve the insertion of tubes to help with drainage. Interventions should be carried out as early as possible to prevent permanent damage to your child’s hearing.
Congenital Hearing Loss
Some babies are born with underdeveloped hearing, known as congenital hearing loss, which can develop at around 16 weeks in the womb. 50% or more of congenital hearing loss cases are inherited conditions.
Congenital hearing loss can be caused by prenatal infections, illnesses, and toxins consumed by the mother during pregnancy, or might include an infection within the womb, premature birth, gestational diabetes, toxemia during pregnancy, or a lack of oxygen (anoxia).
Acquired Hearing Loss
Acquired hearing loss is a form of hearing loss that develops after birth and can be the result of frequent ear infections, ototoxic drugs, meningitis, measles, encephalitis, chickenpox, influenza, mumps, head injuries, and frequent or ongoing exposure to loud noise.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is among the primary causes of acquired hearing loss in children, especially teens.
The use of headphones and earbuds at an excessive volume while playing video games and an endless stream of media via smartphones are among the most common causes of NIHL, but it can also stem from not having proper hearing protection during hobbies and activities that include excessive noise, like riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, attending concerts and major sporting events, and swimming or other watersports.
Why Trust Audiological Services for Pediatric Evaluation and Treatment
Your child’s hearing loss treatment begins with a highly accurate, comprehensive hearing assessment designed not only to identify the type and severity of your child’s hearing challenges, but also to provide the information necessary to develop a customized treatment plan to address your child’s unique hearing care needs over the long term.
What to Expect from Our Pediatric Hearing Exam
In order to get the most accurate results, there are a few things that you need to be aware of in order to make things easier on us, you, and your child, such as that you should avoid using hair gels, lotions, or earrings on your child on the day of testing.
For a diagnostic hearing exam carried out on a young child or infant, your baby should be tired and hungry. This allows you to feed your child or allows your child to sleep during the exam, making things go a lot more smoothly.
Similar to ABR testing, a DPOAE test involves the insertion of a tiny probe that emits a series of sounds at the entrance to your baby’s ear canal. The presence of a DPOAE response is an indication that the hair-like cells and cochlear amplifier are functioning properly.
Older children, usually from four years old and above, will undergo the same or similar hearing tests we use with adults, which may include:
- Pure Tone Testing
- Speech Understanding
- Bone Conduction Testing
What to Expect from Our Ongoing Hearing Care
- Counseling for children with hearing loss and their families
- Professionals to teach better communication techniques for families and children with hearing loss
- Fitting and programming of hearing devices, like hearing aids or cochlear implants
- Family support groups
- Networking and communication opportunities among families who have children with hearing loss
Schedule a Pediatric Hearing Assessment
We’re in a race against the clock when it comes to addressing hearing loss in children, because early detection and intervention make it possible to achieve the best possible outcomes and limit damage to your child’s growth and development.
Our pediatric audiologists at Audiological Services of Lufkin will accurately diagnose your child’s hearing loss in order to develop a treatment plan and ongoing hearing care to limit the impact of hearing loss on his/her lifestyle and quality of life.
To contact us, submit the adjacent form and a member of our team will assist you with scheduling a pediatric hearing assessment.
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