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May 28, 2019
The Audiology Department at Arkansas Children's offers a complete range of audiological services including identification and analysis of hearing loss, parent counseling and habilitation of children with hearing impairment. The screenings provided by the Audiology Department include:
Early identification, aggressive intervention, and family involvement are the keys in the battle against hearing loss. Even after passing the initial screening after birth, infants and children can still show signs of hearing loss as they grow. The best way to conclude if your child's hearing is developing properly is by monitoring these important speech and hearing milestones:
If your child is not showing signs of genetic hearing loss as they grow, the best thing you can do as a parent is to teach them the proper ways to protect their hearing. Some of these include using protective gear around loud sounds, keeping the television and headphones at an appropriate listening level and avoiding the use of cotton swabs in the ear canal.
It is also important that your child receive routine hearing screenings, whether at school or with your primary care physician. If your child ever suffers from an ear infection, be sure to follow up with your primary care physician to detect any possible side effects on their hearing.
The Audiology and Speech Pathology Department at Arkansas Children's offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children of all ages. Your child's doctor can contact the scheduling center to make a referral to Arkansas Children's Hospital by calling 501-364-4000 or Arkansas Children's Northwest by calling 479-725-6538.