Pediatric Audiology (Hearing Disorders)
At UVA, we have the latest diagnostic tools to evaluate hearing in children of all ages, from infants to young adults, and to manage hearing loss.
At UVA, we have the latest diagnostic tools to evaluate hearing in children of all ages, from infants to young adults, and to manage hearing loss. Our pediatric audiologists also are specially trained to evaluate hearing in children who may have other disabilities, such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy.
Our certified audiologists also are licensed hearing aid specialists who will help your child find the hearing device that best fit his or her needs. We offer a full range of hearing aids in varying styles, sizes and costs.
Surgical Options to Restore Your Child’s Hearing
For children with congenital or acquired hearing loss ranging from moderate to profound, we offer surgical options to restore hearing, including:
- Cochlear Implants: Children with severe and profound hearing loss may benefit from cochlear implants. These tiny devices are surgically implanted and provide a sense of sound.
- Aural Atresia Repair: Parents from all over the world bring their children to UVA for surgery to repair aural atresia, a congenital condition characterized by the absence of a fully developed ear canal, eardrum, middle ear space and ear bones. The surgery opens the ear canal and restores the ear’s natural sound-conducting mechanisms.
Helping Children Learn to Listen and Speak
Hearing is key for development of speech and language skills. Children born with profound hearing loss, or those who have lost hearing at a young age, have little or no sense of sound, so they often have difficulty with speech and language. Our Aural Habilitation Program, for children who’ve had cochlear implants, helps patients learn to make sense of the new sounds they are hearing and to interpret those sounds into meaningful language.
Before surgery, we provide counseling services to parents whose children have been diagnosed with hearing loss and provide an evaluation of speech and auditory skills. After surgery, a speech-language pathologist works closely with children to help them learn to process sounds and develop speech and language skills. We also work closely with schools to assist in the development of an appropriate education plan for each child.