Management of Hearing Loss
- audiologist - a professional who specializes in the evaluation and management of hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. Audiologists are also involved with the fitting and management of hearing aids and other assistive devices.
- otolaryngologists - a physician with special training in medical and surgical treatment for children who have disorders of the ear, nose, and throat.
- speech pathologist - a professional who helps evaluate and manage speech, language, and hearing problems in your child.
- your child's age, overall health, and medical history
- extent of the condition
- your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- expectations for the course of the condition
- your opinion or preference
- use of hearing aids - electronic or battery-operated devices that can amplify and change sound. A microphone receives the sound and converts it into sound waves. The sound waves are then converted into electrical signals.
- cochlear implants - a surgically placed appliance that helps to transmit electrical stimulation to the inner ear. Only certain children are candidates for this type of device. Consult your child's physician for more information.
- training in sign language and lip reading
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