Audiology services are provided by professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders.
We provide comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations for patients from birth to 21 years of age and all developmental levels.
Risk factors for hearing loss include hospitalization in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), family history of hearing loss, meningitis or other illness with a sustained high fever, ear infections, chronic upper respiratory infections, ototoxicity, and speech and language delays.
Tests provided by the audiologist may include one or more of the following:
- Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing with or without sedation.
- Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) with or without sedation.
- Oto-Acoustic Emissions (OAE)
- Tympanometry Testing: both high and low frequency testing is available.
- Behavioral Observation Audiometry
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
- Pure Tone Audiometry
- Acoustic Reflexes
- Acoustic Reflex Decay
- Testing for Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)
Additional services provided include hearing aid evaluations and fittings. Medical clearance for amplification by the patient's physician is required.
The audiologists collaborate with various Children's Hospital of New Orleans departments and clinics, including Craniofacial Clinic, Down Syndrome Clinic, Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinics, Cochlear Implant Program, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Rehabilitation Center. The audiologists provide services to inpatients and outpatients. Physician referrals are not needed for most outpatient testing unless required by the patient’s insurance company. A physician referral is required for all inpatients.