Why Families Choose Us
Pediatric Specialists for Your Child’s Auditory Health
- The Department of Pediatric Audiology is a full service Hearing & Speech Center and pediatric Cochlear Implant Program with comprehensive speech and language therapy services.
- Our diagnostic hearing evaluations include a combination of behavioral diagnostics and electrophysiologic measures.
- We are one of the few local facilities to offer sedated and non-sedated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) evaluation for children age 0-21, as well as Central Auditory Processing (CAPD) evaluation for children age 7 and older.
- We offer speech and language services for infants and children with hearing loss, as well as therapy, auditory training, and aural habilitation/rehabilitation.
- We conduct routine evaluation in conjunction with otologic management for amplification devices (e.g., hearing aids, hearing assistive devices, cochlear implants.)
- We offer comprehensive newborn hearing screening as well as audiologic evaluations in a specialized care environment for infants with multiple developmental disabilities, and are prepared for the resulting challenge of accurately delineating their hearing status.
Our services include:
Diagnostic hearing evaluations for children ages 0-21 include:
- Speech and language services for infants and children with hearing loss
- Comprehensive newborn hearing screening
- Audiologic evaluations to confirm or rule out the presence of hearing loss
- Therapy, auditory training, and aural habilitation/rehabilitation
- Sedated and non-sedated auditory brainstem response (ABR) evaluation for children age 0-21, as well as Central Auditory Processing (CAPD) evaluation for children age 7 and older
- Amplification and hearing device recommendations and follow-up
- Cochlear Implant evaluation and follow-up, mapping, and case management
- A combination of behavioral diagnostics and electrophysiologic measures
- Testing tailored to each child’s individual needs considering a variety of factors, including the child’s developmental abilities, language, medical status, and/or type of amplification
- Cochlear Implant evaluation
- Infant hearing screening
- Behavioral audiometry (behavioral observation, visual reinforcement, play, and conventional)
- Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)
- Sedated and non-sedated auditory brainstem response
- CAPD testing (age 7 or older)
- Evaluation for and follow-up with a variety of amplification devices including hearing aids, bone conduction devices, and CROS devices.
- Case management and family counseling regarding hearing loss, as well as links to other families with hearing-impaired children, and referral to appropriate therapeutic and educational resources.
Cochlear Implant Program
Children's Cochlear Implant Program has been one of the leading pediatric audiology services in Northern California since 1991.
Because Children's Hospital Oakland has many pediatric specialties in one location, we can offer team of experts from several areas of medicine working together to provide the highest quality care. Specialists from Children’s Hospital Oakland collaborate as a team to evaluate when a cochlear implant is right for your child. Children’s cochlear implant team includes pediatric surgeons, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, an educator/outreach liaison, and team coordinator—all specialitsts with advanced training in pediatrics.
When evaluating a child’s potential with, and candidacy for a cochlear implant, many factors are taken into consideration including medical status, current language level, language potential, school program, and family involvement. Our cochlear implant team then works closely with each implanted child's family and educational-support team to achieve the maximum communication potential for that child.
Find out: How Cochlear Implants Work
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