An Audiologist is the professional
who specializes in evaluating and treating people with and treating people with
hearing loss. Audiologists have extensive training and skills to evaluate the
hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. Audiologists conduct a
wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing
problem. Audiologists present a variety of treatment options to patients with
hearing impairment. Audiologists dispense and fit hearing aids, administer
tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation
training. Audiologists refer patients to physicians when the hearing problem
needs medical or surgical evaluation.
At NOSHC, we have two certified and licensed audiologist on staff and a 4th year graduate student from LSU Health Sciences Center.
· Comprehensive Audiological Evaluations
· Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
· Play audiometry
· Acoustic Reflex Testing
· Otoacoustic Emission Testing
· Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
· Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR)
· (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder Testing
· Hearing Aids
· Assistive Listening Devices
· Amplified phones
· Shake awake alarm clocks
· Bed vibrators
· Television ears
· Visual alert systems
· Pocket talker
If You Think Your Child Has a Hearing Loss
From birth to three months the child should...
Startle or cry at loud noises
Stop moving and seem to listen to speech or sounds
Awaken at a loud sound
From three to six months your child should...
Look toward a sound or speaker
Smile when spoken to
Recognize mother's voice
Enjoy rattles and other toys that make sounds
From six to nine months your child should...
Respond to his/her name
Babble and make lots of different sounds
Respond to "no"
From nine to twelve months your child should...
Turn or look when name is called
Listen to people talking
Respond to simple commands like "give me," "come here"
From twelve to eighteen months your child should...
Point to objects or familiar people by name
Imitate simple sounds or words
Follow simple spoken directions
Say 2-3 words by age one and 8-10 words by 18 months
From 1½ years to five years of age your child should...
Hear you call from another room
Hear and understand conversation easily
Hear TV or music at same loudness level as everyone
Hear quiet speech
Have normal voice qualities
Have normal verbal language development