Today’s universal newborn hearing screening programs can identify significant hearing impairment in children soon after birth. Once a hearing loss is identified, the process of rehabilitation can begin.
It’s now possible to deliver near-normal hearing through a range of hearing devices, so that children with hearing loss can develop normal speech and language skills in a mainstream school setting.
Rehabilitation can involve:
At Duke, we strive to provide excellent medical care, integrating our services with those of each child’s pediatrician and other educational and health care providers.
Our specialists evaluate and treat children from infancy through age 18. Working as a team, we:
Any child who has a severe to profound hearing loss and does not make adequate progress with hearing aid amplification may be evaluated for cochlear implantation.
This decision is made as soon as possible to optimize auditory input in the early years of developing speech and language skills. When cochlear implants are warranted, our otolaryngologists provide expertise in the surgical implantation of these devices.
The Duke Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Clinic cares for children with hearing loss related to inner ear disorders, congenital problems, and neurological conditions.
We treat appropriate candidate patients with hearing aids and cochlear implants as their first steps toward hearing rehabilitation.
The clinic team consists of several specialists:
The clinic is part of Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, a facility designed especially for coordinating the care of children who have many health needs.
To contact the Duke Hearing Center or schedule an appointment with one of our otologists or neurotologists, please complete the contact form.
Physicians offering this service include:
This service is available at: