In our last blog, we covered the role our pediatric audiologists play in our clinic in Stockton. As specialists in child hearing and language development, they are uniquely suited to ensure the long-term health of your child’s audiological functions using practices and questions that can provide the most detailed picture of their hearing. Today, Stockton Hearing & Speech Center will present some of the situations in which it is appropriate and necessary to bring your child to a pediatric audiologist.
Why Your Child Should See A Pediatric Audiologist
Hearing is more important to the development of your child than you might realize. Proper hearing ensures that their brains develop speech and language skills, allows them to develop nuanced social skills, and makes communication between your child and others easier. If your child suffers from hearing problems, these issues need to be addressed right away. The key to successful treatment is addressing them as soon as they are recognized. Treating hearing issues early on makes growing and communicating with your child easier and more gratifying.
Children don’t really have a metric by which to judge their hearing, especially if they have experienced hearing issues since birth. As such, they may struggle to communicate that they have hearing issues. It’s up to you as their parent to recognize some common problems and symptoms of hearing loss and have them addressed by a pediatric audiologist. Some of these common symptoms include:
- Struggling to concentrate
- Failing to react when their name is called
- Speaking loudly at all times
- They begin speaking late
- Struggle to learn songs
- Only responds to voices when they are face-to-face with the speakers
- Has difficulty following directions
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to compartmentalize your fears, and seek treatment right away. These issues are concerning, but shouldn’t be something that your dread.
What Are My Options If My Child Has Hearing Loss?
Recognizing hearing issues in your child may be concerning, but there are a variety of treatment options available that readily address these issues. The pediatric audiologist may suggest the use of hearing aids for some children, while other children may need tubes implanted in their ears. In other cases, surgery may be necessary in cases where a foreign object is blocking the pathways of the ear, or if there is a malformation of the ear itself.
Surgery and hearing aids are not the only options for your child, however. In many cases, the pediatric audiologist may partner you with another specialist who can better carry out a treatment plan than they can. Typically, they will refer you to a speech and language pathologist or therapist, a sign language teacher and interpreter, or an occupational therapist. These specialists are trained to work with your child’s hearing problems and offer therapies that allow them to learn and grow at a normal rate in spite of their health concerns.
If your child’s hearing is a concern to you, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Stockton Hearing & Speech Center. Our pediatric audiologists can quickly diagnose the extent of your child’s hearing loss or related issues, and provide you everything you need to address them. It’s important to remember that early intervention is the key to ensuring the long-term health of your child’s hearing. Contact us today to learn more.