Hearing Loss affects children very different from adults. Of highest concern is the development of central auditory processes, which are necessary to develop many mental skills but most of all hearing and language. In normal hearing infants these processes start at 20 weeks prior to birth. If your child was born with a hearing impairment these processes will only start the moment you provide appropriate auditory stimulation to your child. This means time is of the most essence for your childs hearing future.
Benefits of Providing Auditory Stimulation Early
- Normal central auditory development
- Natural speech development
- Attending a regular school
- Significant financial savings
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PAEDIATRIC HEARING SOLUTIONS
Depending on the nature and degree of your child’s hearing problem different devices are available to restore audibility. For mild to severe sensory hearing losses air conduction hearing aids, for sever to profound or when air conduction hearing aids do not provide sufficient central auditory input, 120 channel Cochlear Implants and for conductive hearing losses special paediatric non-surgical bone conduction solutions. Read More +
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PAEDIATRIC HEARING ASSESSMENT
Device technology and programs will depend on your child’s hearing. To have as good as possible information on your child’s current hearing status, it will change as your child grows, is essential to provide best audibility for your child. Assessment is normally done with a battery of tests, consisting of objective test; results are obtained automatically, without your child’s participation, or subjective tests, where your child’s reactions are being taken into account, where each test must collaborate to form one complete coherent picture of your child’s hearing at that particular point in time. Read More +
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KIDS HEARING DEVICE SELECTION
When choosing hearing devices, providing best audibility over the widest possible frequency spectrum is crucial for your child’s long-term central auditory development. Not all technologies and devices offered today are suitable for children. It's essential to ensure that no technology is being used which reduces frequency or dynamic range unnecessary over prolonged periods of time. Besides the purely medical part of the selection you need to consider your child’s temperament and daily activities. Specially rugged or waterproof solutions along with special warranty terms might be considered. Read More +
Depending on how early in life your child got fitted, how well the devices can restore audibility, and depending on your child’s overall central auditory processing ability, more or less therapy and training will be necessary.
Our therapy focuses on core development of central (auditory) processes independently of language development. We are using components of Audio Verbal, Advanced Bionics proprietary rehAB and the German developed Warnke method to help your child to catch up missed periods of development and be able to develop skills naturally and independently in the future. You may sign up here for us to send you daily an age appropriate task you may do at home to improve your child’s central auditory performance.