Pediatric Audiology Services and Information

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Pediatric Testing and Information on Hearing Loss and Ear Infections in Children

Pediatric audiology services at Potomac Audioloty

Potomac Audiology offers hearing diagnostics, audiological evaluations and hearing aid fittings for newborns, infants and children with hearing loss, to provide them with the best hearing solution and quality of life.

Potomac Audiology Pediatric Services include:

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)

VRA is a method of performing puretone audiometry that is used with children from about six months to 30 months of age. When performing VRA, the child is seated within a sound-treated booth that is equipped with interactive toys situated to either side of the child. When a child hears a sound, he/she will look in the direction of that sound. The toys serve as the visual reinforcement and are used to condition the child to look in the direction in which the sound is heard.  more >

 


Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)

CPA is a variation of traditional audiometric testing designed to be used with children of about two to four years of age. This form of testing may be performed using insert earphones or within the soundfield. The child is given a small block and is told to hold it up to his/her ear. The child is instructed to listen carefully for the beeping sound and to quickly put the block in the bucket once it is heard.  more >

 

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)

ABR is a method of testing that gives information regarding the inner ear and brainstem pathways. ABR is beneficial for children, those patients that have difficulty with conventional methods of testing, or for evaluating the integrity of the auditory neural pathways. The ABR is completed by connecting electrodes on the head and will record brain wave activity in response to sounds.  more >

 

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)

OAEs serve as a hearing screening for newborns, children, and adults. OAEs are completed by inserting a probe microphone into the ear canal. A sound is introduced into the ear canal and a response to that sound is measured. The response is a small echo of the sound generated by the inner ear. The presence of the response indicates that the inner ear structures are developed and working properly.  more >

 

Hearing Problems in Children

The signs and symptoms of hearing loss are different for each child. If you think that your child might have hearing loss, ask the child’s doctor for a hearing screening as soon as possible. Don’t wait! more >

 

Chronic Ear Infections

An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Anyone can get an ear infection, but children get them more often than adults. Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday.  more >

 

Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a neurological defect that affects how the brain processes spoken language. This makes it difficult for the child to process verbal instructions or even to filter out background noise in the classroom.  more >

 

Dr. Tricia Terlep, at Potomac Audiology, specializes in pediatric audiology, offering extensive experience in evaluating and treating the hearing abilities of infants and children. Her dedication and expertise assists you in finding the best hearing solution for your child.

Call 240-477-1010 to schedule an appointment or professional consultation.