Pediatric Audiology

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Pediatric Hearing Testing

Both Dr. Rancourt and Dr. Gehm are anxious to start testing babies and preschoolers again at our Massachusetts office.  On Oct. 16, 2023, the South Grafton office was destroyed by a fire. We are in a small temporary space that can not fit all we need to test young children. Once we are able to move into permanent space, we can replace the large sound booth and needed equipment.  We look forward to welcoming little ones back to our new “listening room” so we can resume testing children as young as 6 months. The audiologists are counting down the days until they can go toy shopping! At the present time, we can test school age children and we are still able to accept audiological reports from our colleagues at outside facilities to proceed with hearing device evaluations and fittings. To read more about the tests we perform

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Hearing Devices: What to Expect

We are able to fit babies and children with hearing aids using audiological reports from our colleagues at other facilities. We would meet with you to review the results, discuss options and take ear impressions. Once the hearing aids and earmolds arrive from the lab, we have the child and parent(s) come in for the fitting. We fit the aids, check they are working appropriately and send you out for a couple of weeks. Real ear measures are performed. We give you questionnaires, 1 copy for the parent and 1 for early interventionist/speech language pathologist/teacher of the deaf/educational audiologist to complete. At the follow up visit, we review questions and see how the child is progressing. Young children outgrow their earmolds and they need to be checked and replaced as they grow. Newborns, this is every few weeks, gradually slowing, typically reaching adult size about age 13. We see the child at regular intervals to ensure proper function. We work with your child’s team to reach the best communication outcomes possible. For additional information about this process

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Keeping Hearing Devices on Your Baby

Babies learn best in a natural progression and by fitting them with devices as soon as possible, they can maintain that natural progression. Making the devices part of their daily routine before they find their ears and the devices makes the curiosity stage much easier.

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Dizziness in Children

Many children with permanent (cochlear) hearing loss also have problems with the balance part of their ears. These problems are likely to present differently in children than they do with adults.

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