Management of Hearing Loss
Early intervention and detection of hearing loss is necessary to prevent additional
problems with speech and language development. A health care team approach is normally
used when a child is diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss. Team members include
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 doctor 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 health care provider will figure out the best treatment for your child based
How old your child is
His or her overall health and medical history
How sick he or she is
How well your child can handle specific medications, procedures, or therapies
How long the condition is expected to last
Your opinion or preference
Management of hearing loss may include one or more of the following:
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 children with hearing loss too severe for hearing aid use are candidates
for this type of device. Consult your child's health care provider for more information.
Training in sign language and lip reading