The audiology department at Rocky Mountain Pediatric ENT Associates offers comprehensive, collaborative and individualized hearing healthcare to children from all ages and developmental levels. We provide full-scale pediatric hearing evaluations and rehabilitation services using evidence-based practices and state-of-the-art equipment.

Our pediatric audiology services include:

  • Follow-up diagnostic hearing evaluations for infants who did not pass their newborn hearing screening
  • Physiological testing including: auditory brainstem response (ABR), otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), tympanometry, acoustic reflex threshold, and acoustic reflex decay testing
  • Developmentally-appropriate behavioral testing
  • Referral to medical providers, if indicated
  • Fitting hearing aids
  • Fitting assistive listening devices to improve speech understanding in noise
  • Collaboration with community resources and appropriate professionals such as physicians, audiologists, aural habilitation therapists, speech therapists, early intervention specialists, and teachers

What To Expect At Your Appointment (Behavioral)

Our compassionate, experienced audiologists will perform an evaluation of your child’s hearing which takes approximately 30 minutes. The audiologist will answer any questions you have throughout the process, and will:

  • Ask about your child’s medical and hearing history
  • Perform various age-appropriate diagnostic tests
  • Share results and a plan for your child’s treatment
  • Consult with other specialists, if needed
  • Refer to other professionals, if needed
  • Answer any questions you may have

What To Expect At Your Appointment (ABR)

Auditory brainstem response (ABR) is a tool that can be used to determine how a child’s hearing nerve responds to different sounds. The ABR test takes approximately two hours. The test is completed by using non-intrusive electrodes on simple sticky pads. We will carefully place these pads on your child’s head to measure a brain wave in response to sounds presented to your child through earphones. The electrodes are connected to a computer to determine the presence of the hearing brain wave at various loudness levels, including the quietest level at which the wave appears. Results from the ABR test, along with other measures, will help our audiologists determine if your child has normal hearing or a hearing loss.

If you are bringing your infant or baby for the ABR test, it is important to prepare your baby. You can do this by bringing your baby in tired, to help encourage baby to sleep through the entire test. We suggest:

  • Bringing him/her tired and hungry so that your baby will sleep throughout the entire test
    • Keep your baby awake and hold off feeding until you arrive to the appointment
    • If possible, bring someone along to the appointment so they may sit in the back of the car and keep the child awake
    • Once you are in the testing room and your child has been prepped for the test, you can nurse or feed your baby so he/she falls asleep naturally
  • The test will take place while your child sleeps in your arms or in a car seat
  • The test is completed in a quiet room
  • It is best to not bring siblings or other young children along to the appointment due to the long test time required
    • If siblings do accompany you to the appointment, please bring another adult so they may play in the waiting room