Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive and personalized care for children with hearing loss. Our pediatric hearing loss and cochlear implant team combines advanced technology with a family-centered approach in a warm and welcoming environment.
Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Team
Our hearing loss team includes:
- Registered nurses
- Cochlear implant specialists
- Speech language pathologist/auditory verbal therapists
- Education consultants
- Child life specialists
- Social workers
- Medical geneticists
- Developmental pediatricians
Pediatric Hearing Loss Diagnosis
We offer our patients the following screening and diagnostic tests:
- Genetic testing and counseling
- Newborn screenings
- Testing for early diagnosis of hearing loss
- Behavioral audiometric evaluation
- Speech perception testing
- Aural rehabilitation therapy
- Vestibular testing
Children requiring sedation for testing are observed by specially trained nurses in a specialized pediatric procedure area.
Pediatric Hearing Loss Treatment
In addition to screening and diagnostic tests, we provide the latest hearing aid and cochlear implant technology, including:
- Assistive listening devices
- Traditional hearing aids
- Bone-anchored hearing aids
- Cochlear implantation
Types of Hearing Loss in Children
Conductive hearing loss is often due to something blocking the passage of sound. This can be due to ear wax, foreign objects, fluid/pus in the middle ear, etc.
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is permanent loss of hearing of various degrees. Early identification of hearing impairment is the key to a child's communicative success. If hearing loss is not identified and addressed early, it may result in significant delays in speech and cognitive development.