Hearing loss is often associated with aging, however, it effects children as young as birth. Babies hear their very first sounds around the 18th week of pregnancy. At Davies Institute of Speech and Hearing (DISH), we want you and your child to have the best access to sound, in order to increase communication and language development.
Early intervention is key. At DISH, we provide hearing evaluations to both pediatric and adult populations to determine if a hearing difference exists. Our audiologist works with parents and/or patients to design an individualized hearing plan and amplification as needed.
Hearing is involves more than the ear — it involves the brain.
Brain development is dependent on many factors, including sense of touch, sight, taste, and smell, as well as movement, body awareness, and hearing.
At DISH, our team works directly with patients and families to teach communication skills, language development, advocacy, and provide auditory and educational counseling. We are with you side-by-side for amplification or graduation because we believe in helping you and your child succeed.
DISH offers hearing tests for people of all ages. Depending on your child's needs we may use different methods of testing or instruction (i.e. Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) and Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA).
If a hearing loss is identified, our audiologist will work with you and your family to develop hearing care plan. After a hearing device is fit, regular follow-ups will take place to ensure the equipment is functioning appropriately, monitor hearing and address ongoing patient and family needs.
If hearing aids do not adequately help your amplification needs, cochlear implant testing may be recommended. If you qualify for a cochlear implant, DISH will refer your family to a CI surgeon, and will continue to see you for initial activation and mapping.
In addition to amplification, the use of an accessory can improve access to sound in dynamic listening environments such as school or group functions. Remote microphones can give children more direct access to speech in noisy environments.
Some types of hearing aids/loss require custom earmolds. Due to a child's continuous growing of their ears, new molds are needed throughout childhood.
Those who experience swimmer's ear could benefit from custom swim plugs.
Hearing protection is important for all ages.
Headphones, custom plugs, and musician plugs can be beneficial in preserving your family's hearing (i.e. concerts, hobbies, work).
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"We provide early intervention programs for children with hearing loss and language delays (12 months- 5 years), while also providing public access to speech therapy, occupational therapy, and audiological services to the Katy, Texas area."