Developmental Audiologist

In all likelihood, you have never heard of a developmental audiologist before coming to Hearing Kids.
You may be wondering, just what is a developmental audiologist and how do they differ from a clinical or educational audiologist?
Clinical audiologists are healthcare professionals, who measure a person’s ability to hear sounds and appropriately catagorize the type and degree of hearing loss.  Some also measure a person’s listening ability, known as auditory processing.
Educational audiolgists are experts in the unique listening needs in the educational setting.  This includes providing auditory access for the student who lacks optimal access, while taking into account potential equipment conflicts if there are other students in that school that already have equipment allowing for auditory access.

I (Chanie Monoker) began my audiolgical career as an educational audiologist.
In that role I was responsile for ensuring children diagnosed elsewhere received optimal auditory access within the educational setting.  But assessment was still limited to auditory acuity, not processing.  Even those children who had been diagnosed privately with an auditory processing disorder simply received improved auditory access via an FM system, but no support for their listening skills.
When I began working with a developmental optometrist I was exposed to a paradigm shift, looking at the functions of the system beyond mere acuity as well as looking at the patient’s functional experience.
This paradigm gave birth to the developmental audiologist, someone who has the necessary background to check development as it relates to the medical side of things and can inform you how this will impact your child’s academic and social performance.  This involved extensive research into development of auditory function and how this could be assessed in younger children.  Resulting in aplace where you can have an assessment of auditory processing for your child as young as 4 years old.  As the child develops and his system matures the testing becomes more extensive.
This is really no different than how motor, speech and language skills are assessed.  So why wait until a child is behind in reading to learn that his auditory processing skills need work for him to learn how to read well?  We don’t do this for other areas of development!

Now you and your child get to benefit from these practice innovations.

Hearing Kids is also designed to be a one stop shop.  To accomplish this required extensive training in other disciplines.  Providing you with a more efficient model to diagnosing what is inhibiting your child’s progress.  You get to choose what questions you want answered about your child’s performance, and schedule the tier that fits your needs.
In one place.
During a single visit.

This shift also lead us to a different approach in addressing middle ear fluid (otitis media).  Addressing it at the root rather than managing the symptom.

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