A child with poor hearing can suffer a significant setback in their development without appropriate support. Newton Pediatrics offers hearing tests for children and infants at its offices in Newton, Wellesley, and Waltham, Massachusetts, so you can make sure your child gets the help they need. Call your nearest Newton Pediatrics office to inquire about hearing tests or book a test online today.
Hearing tests are an important routine procedure for all children. If they have problems hearing, it can significantly impact their communication abilities. Poor hearing can also affect how well children read and learn at school.
Because good hearing is so important, all 50 states in the United States have legislation or voluntary compliance programs that require newborn babies to undergo hearing tests. If these tests identify hearing loss, treatment can start before your baby reaches six months, which is the beginning of a vital period in speech and language development.
Hearing screening tests for infants include:
EOAE uses a tiny, soft plug that goes into your baby’s ear and plays various sounds. The plug has a microphone that records the otoacoustic responses of the baby’s ear to the sounds. If your baby has hearing loss, there won’t be any responses.
ABR involves transmitting clicking sounds into your baby’s ears through tiny earphones and then measuring the corresponding brain activity via electrodes (wires) stuck to your baby’s head.
Both these tests are painless, only take a few minutes, and happen when your baby’s asleep.
There are several hearing tests your child might need at different ages. Your provider at Newton Pediatrics can advise you which tests your child should have.
Common hearing tests for children include:
Behavioral audiometry is a screening test for babies when they’re awake. It involves observing how your baby behaves when certain sounds play.
For a play audiometry test, your toddler or older child wears earphones that play sounds at different pitches and volumes. Their responses indicate whether they can hear the sound.
VRA requires your child (typically between six months and two years old) to look toward the source of a sound. When they give the correct response, they get a visual reward.
Pure tone audiometry is similar to play audiometry but for older children.
Tympanometry or impedance audiometry assesses how well your older child’s middle ear is working rather than testing their actual hearing.
Your provider at Newton Pediatrics discusses the results of the hearing tests with you once they’re complete. If your child’s hearing is good, no further action is necessary; just take them for their next routine check-up as advised by your pediatrician.
If there are any issues with your child’s hearing, they may need to undergo more tests to determine the cause. Your pediatrician can advise you on any therapy your child needs and whether they would benefit from a hearing aid.
To arrange a hearing test for your child, call Newton Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.