Offering diagnosis and treatment of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders
Published: Oct. 8, 2010
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011
We offer newborn hearing screenings and pediatric hearing tests to ensure that hearing loss is detected and treated at a young age.
Though most newborns have no hearing problems, we test all newborns to find the few babies who may not be able to hear. It is important to find hearing loss as soon as possible because babies whose hearing loss is not found early may have a hard time learning. If we find hearing loss, there are many ways we can help your baby.
The hearing screening test is painless and can be completed in about 10 minutes. Most babies sleep through the test and the results are available before you leave the hospital.
Sometimes a baby does not pass the hearing screening because there may have been fluid in the ear, the baby may have been moving a lot, there may have been too much noise in the room, or the baby may have hearing loss. If an infant does not pass the initial hearing test, a follow-up test will be scheduled and performed before the baby is one month old.
Our audiologists are specially trained to offer a number of pediatric hearing tests including:
VRA is a hearing test performed in a sound-treated room. This hearing tests is typically performed on children with a developmental age of seven months to two and a half years.
During this test, a child is seated on a caregiver’s lap or in a chair. Testing is performed using loudspeakers or earphones. When a sound is presented, the child’s head-turn response is rewarded by activating a light or sound source near the loudspeaker.
A complete hearing test can be obtained using this method.
Conditioned play audiometry is a hearing test performed in a sound-treated room. It is used to test the hearing of children with a developmental age of two-and-a-half to five years.
The child is shown how to perform a repetitive play task, such as placing a peg in a pegboard, each time he or she hears a sound.
If your child is not reaching these milestones, contact the Duke Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at 919-684-3859.