Hearing is the foundation for communication and speech development. The first three years of life are the most critical period of language development. As such, early identification and management of hearing loss is imperative for communication success. Prevalence of hearing loss is 2 to 3 of every 1000 births. This increases to 5 of every 1000 in children 3-17 years of age.
Hearing loss may be acquired after birth for various reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to:
Signs of Hearing Loss in babies may include:
Signs of hearing loss in children may include:
If you are concerned that your child is showing signs of hearing loss, it is important to have your child’s hearing tested by a pediatric audiologist. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.
If your child is identified to have hearing loss….
For children newly identified with hearing loss, our goal is to maximize every child’s hearing potential. A referral to an Ear, Nose & Throat physician will likely be necessary to ensure medical management of hearing loss is pursued first. However, if hearing loss cannot be treated by medical means, rest-assured that our audiologists have expertise and provide the very best in hearing healthcare.
Our audiologists work with a variety of digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM Systems, BAHA, and other assistive listening devices. We work closely with each family to select the most appropriate technologies to meet your child’s needs.
Providing amplification for a child with hearing loss is important for learning and development. Research tells us that the number of words and ways in which a parent speaks to a child throughout their early years significantly impacts their communication development. The following are a few specific examples of the benefits of amplification:
Are you looking for the best in hearing healthcare for your child? Call us today at 803-620-8250 to schedule an appointment. Our audiologists are ready to assist your little one so they may achieve their best hearing and communication outcomes.
“I have two children with hearing loss and have worked with many audiologists over the years. Lakeside Audiology provides AMAZING care. Both Dr. Block and Dr Jensen are professional, caring and experts in the field of pediatric audiology. They are great with babies, young children and teenagers. Without hesitation I recommend this practice.”
“Lakeside Audiology has been so amazing for my little guy with hearing loss. We switched to Dr. Jensen after a not so great experience at another audiologist office. Our insurance doesn’t cover visits, but thankfully BabyNet works closely with Lakeside. We plan to stay with Lakeside, even if it’s not covered by the time he’s 3. Dr. Jensen has always been very supportive of each stage we have been through so far and the decisions we have made for our son. She has been more than helpful and encouraging through our journey and I trust her fully. I would highly recommend Lakeside Audiology to anyone..of any age! These ladies are just wonderful!”
“BEST place for the entire family for all of your hearing needs. My 3 year old daughter was seen by Dr. Kim Block and it was a fantastic experience. As a newer mother, the facility did a great job helping a nervous mother and daughter through the process of scheduling, the actual appointment, and explaining the results. It was such a easy and painless process. I highly recommend this friendly facility to care for your loved ones. In addition, to the great service, both audiologists are highly educated and trained, which you can TRUST. The brand new and clean facility has the highest quality equipment and clean toys for the children to play with. I can’t say enough great things about this place. This is a no-brainer, call and make an appointment today!”
“We switched to Lakeside after years at multiple audiologists for my two young children with hearing loss. There is no comparison! Dr. Jensen and Dr. Block are both so nurturing and kind, yet professional and knowledgeable. They go above and beyond to show my family the best care at every appointment.”
“I can’t even begin to say enough about Dr. Block. Our daughter has severe/profound bi-lateral sensorineural hearing loss and we have been to many audiology offices in the last 2 years. We couldn’t be happier to have finally landed in an office where our daughter is a person, friend and family member of this practice instead of another medical chart. Dr. Block is thorough, willing to listen and is amazing at what she does. So happy to have her in our lives as we continue down this hearing loss journey!”