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Audiology

Audiologists provide patient-centered care in the evidence-based prevention, identification, and diagnosis of hearing and other auditory disorders. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of these disorders, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life. Our audiologists provide patients and their families with innovative diagnostic and hearing evaluation options.

Areas of Expertise and Specialty Services

  • Congenital hearing loss
  • Ear infections with suspected impact on hearing status
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • History of failed hearing screening
  • Acquired hearing loss
  • Speech/language delay due to suspected hearing involvement
  • Hearing/ear conditions related to craniofacial conditions such as cleft lip/palate, and other syndromes
  • Complications related to oncological diagnoses
  • Ototoxic monitoring for select chemotherapy patients

Types of Audiological Evaluations:

  • Play Audiometry
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
  • Standard pure tone testing
  • Tympanometry
  • Otoacoustic emission testing
  • Bone conduction testing
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
  • Hearing Aid Evaluation (selection, education on technology and process)
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Evaluation (BAHA)
    • For both external soft-band strap, and for BAHA implants by ENT

Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP):

CHLA’s Newborn Hearing Screening Program is certified by the Southern California Hearing Care Coordination (SCHCC). This program complies with providing electrophysiologic screening of hearing for all infants admitted through the NICCU under the corrected age of 6 months. 

Our Newborn Hearing Screeners conduct hearing screenings using the FDA approved automated ALGO-5, which is an Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) screening device. Our newborn hearing screeners work collaboratively with Audiologists to ensure that results, recommendations, education, and appropriate follow-up are provided for all identified infants.