A pediatric audiologist performs hearing tests and evaluations to examine children for the presence and severity of hearing loss.
If you feel that your child is struggling with his or her hearing, there are warning signs that you should be aware of:
- Newborn: Not jumping or reacting to sudden, loud noises
- Three months: Not recognizing a parent’s voice
- Six months: Not turning his or her attention towards sounds
- One year: Not saying words or imitating sounds
- Asks for words to be repeated
- Problems paying attention
- Speaks loudly
- Struggles following directions
- Only responds when looking directly at you
If your child is exuding these warning signs, the next step is to find a pediatric audiologist and schedule an initial screening.
Just like you would with any physician, you want to find someone you and your child are comfortable with and will provide you the best outcomes.
Finding the right pediatric audiologist requires proper vetting and we’re offering you three of the most important characteristics to look for.
Just like with any relationship in life, good communication serves as a strong foundation. The same applies when choosing a pediatric audiologist.
While they could have the best clinical skills, if they can’t clearly communicate their findings and action steps it’s all for not.
Your audiologist should not only be able to communicate with you, the parent, but also your child as well.
It sounds cliche but attitude is everything. Especially when choosing a pediatric audiologist. This is a stressful time for both you and your child and you want your physician to offer you the support and positivity you need when finding a solution.
Attention to Detail
Just as communication and attitude are major components in selecting the right pediatric so too are his/her skill sets and attention-to-detail.
Though their profession requires them to know a lot of information that’s specific to audiology, they should also have a keen eye and intuitive nature to understand and recognize the signs of other disorders that may be present.
That’s why attention-to-detail and thoroughness are characteristics that your pediatric audiologist should possess as well.
A culmination of all three of these characteristics plus your ability to connect with the pediatric audiologist are all major factors in who you end up choosing to work with your child.
Did you know that we have two full-time audiologists on staff at DePaul School for Hearing & Speech? If you’d like to learn more, contact us today.