At UVA, we have the latest diagnostic tools to evaluate hearing in children of all ages, from newborns to young adults, and to diagnose and manage hearing loss in children.
Our pediatric audiologists also are specially trained to evaluate hearing in children who may have other disabilities, such as Down syndrome, microtia/atresia or cerebral palsy.
Helping Children Learn to Listen and Speak
Our audiologists are specially trained to help children with communication and feeding disabilities, including oral structure deformities. Learn more about speech-language therapy and our pediatric rehabilitation services.
Children with cochlear implants can learn to make sense of new sounds and to how interpret those sounds into meaningful language with help from our Habilitation and Outreach Program.
When physical impairments make children unable to communicate through speech or writing, they may need augmentative (supplemental) or alternative communication to help them express their thoughts, ideas, needs and wants.
We help patients and their families choose from a variety of electronic communication devices to find one that best meets their needs for self expression. These devices can boost self-esteem by improving social interaction and participation in school.
Hearing Aids for Children
Hearing is critical for the 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 and often have difficulty with speech and language.
Our certified audiologists are also licensed hearing aid specialists who help children find the hearing device that best fit their needs. We offer a full range of hearing aids in varying styles, sizes and costs.
Children With Hearing Loss: Surgical Options
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 into the inner ear and provide critical sound information. As a result, children with severe to profound hearing loss may be able to develop normal speech and language.
- 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.