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Pediatric Audiology

The Akron Children's Hospital audiology team diagnose and treat hearing loss in children. Our goals are to identify hearing loss as early in life as possible, provide access to hearing aids, and coordinate follow-up services for intervention, monitoring and ongoing evaluation.

We have one focus: kids.

The Audiology Department requires a referral from your primary care physician or specialist prior to scheduling an appointment.

Our pediatric audiologists are experienced in an array of diagnostics for infants, children, teens, and individuals with neurological and/or developmental complications who are considered difficult to test.

Depending on the age and developmental level of your child, we offer several options:

  • Behavioral audiometry, both in sound field and using insert or traditional earphones. This option includes visual reinforcement audiometry and play audiometry.
  • Basic hearing evaluation, including air/bone conduction, speech reception threshold and speech discrimination testing
  • Tympanometry, which determines the functioning of the middle ear
  • Otoacoustic emission testing, which assesses cochlear outer hair cell function in the inner ear.
  • Auditory Processing Evaluations, which assesses the brain’s ability to process sound.
  • Diagnostic Auditory Brainstem Evoked Response (BSER) testing, requires no participation for  the child, determines how well information travels from the hearing nerve to the brain, (unsedated for children under 5 months of age), (sedated for children 5 months of age and older).
  • Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) audiometry,  
  • Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings (UNHS) in all our hospital’s Special Care Nurseries and Main Campus NICU.
  • Follow up Newborn Hearing Evaluations, offered for babies who referred on their Universal Newborn Hearing Screening in the Special Care Nurseries or the birth hospital.

The pediatric audiologists are fully integrated into the hospital providing inpatient and outpatient evaluations and special services for the Down syndrome program, cystic fibrosis center, autism diagnostic clinic, infant therapy program and cancer survivorship program.

Hearing aid services.

We provide a complete range of hearing aid types (e.g., digital and bone anchored, etc.). If your child is under 18 years of age or has an underlying medical condition, clearance from an ENT physician is required before the hearing aid evaluation and fitting.

These fittings and evaluations include:

  • Hearing aid and earmold selection

  • Counseling regarding care and maintenance

  • Electroacoustic analysis

  • Real ear measurements and DSL programming for enhanced hearing aid fitting, verification, and validation

  • Assistive listening devices, including FM units, telephone amplifiers, alerting devices and Bluetooth accessories

  • Custom earmolds, swim molds, noise reduction earmolds, and musician’s earmolds

  • Follow-up appointments to ensure optimal fit

  • Collaboration with local schools and county ESC’s to ensure academic needs are being met with regards to hearing needs

  • EARS (Early Auditory Response Strategies) program which is a collaborative effort between the Audiology department and the Speech Pathology department.  For children diagnosed with hearing loss, we work their families and physicians to get them on track with the services they need such as amplification (hearing aids) and listening habilitation, speech and language evaluation and therapy, Early Intervention services, infant therapy evaluations, and assistance with coordinating school services, genetics evaluations, and special imaging

 

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Locations

Contact Audiology

330-543-8264

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Rehabilitative Services
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Akron
Akron Children's Hospital
214 West Bowery Street
2nd floor - Orange Elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Rehabilitative Services, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Boardman
Building C
6505 Market Street
Suite 2160
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Rehabilitative Services, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
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Rehabilitative Services, Massillon
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Massillon
Akron Children's Health Center
1149 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Fax: 330-830-7929
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Rehabilitative Services, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Medina, Ohio 44256
Fax: 330-722-4990
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Rehabilitative Services, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Warren
Akron Children's Health Center
5000 East Market Street
Suite 28
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Our Doctors/Providers

https://www.akronchildrens.org/files/COVID-Inforgraphic.html

What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

Procedures & Tests

We perform a range of pediatric audiology tests including the following:

  • Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR, BSER, ASSR, hearing test)
  • Central Auditory Processing Evaluations
  • Hearing Tests
  • Otoacoustic Emissions Test (OAE)
  • Universal Newborn Hearing Screening