Audiology & Hearing Tests
The Resource Center is currently looking to hire an audiologist. Until the position is filled, we regret that we are temporarily unable to provide audiology services for children who do not attend MSD.
The Resource Center provides free audiology services to children from birth to age 21. Free consultations and in-service trainings are also available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Resource Center online or call 573-592-2543.
Infant Hearing Screenings
All children born in Missouri are required to have a hearing screening at birth. If your child was born in a hospital, the screening was likely done before discharge. If your child was born outside of a hospital or did not pass the initial screening, the Resource Center can provide an otoacoustic emissions or auditory brainstem response infant hearing screening at the office. Tests take about 10 to 15 minutes and require that the infant is quiet or sleeping.
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
If you suspect your child may have a hearing loss, it is important to seek proper evaluation by an audiologist. The purpose of a hearing test is to identify and measure the sensitivity of hearing and establish the type and degree of any hearing loss. Comprehensive evaluations include otoscopy, tympanometry, and air and bone conduction testing with speech reception thresholds and word discrimination. The Resource Center's audiolgist can evaluate infants and children to age 21. Different techniques can be used based on the child’s age and abilities.
Auditory Processing Disorder Testing
Testing for Auditory Processing Disorder evaluates how the brain processes information once it has been heard. The Resource Center's audiologist can test children from age 7 to 21. Each child is first given a hearing evaluation to make sure any concerns are not due to a hearing loss. If the child’s hearing is normal to near normal, a test battery is performed to determine if any areas of concern are due to auditory processing.
Hearing Aid Selection Counseling
Earmold Impressions and Hearing Aid Fittings
Hearing Aid Programming
Hearing Aid Cleaning and Repair
The audiologist is available to consult with families, school districts, hearing loss professionals, and other organizations regarding hearing loss, audiological evaluations, hearing aids, cochlear implants, listening environment, FM amplification, auditory processing disorder, and related concerns. Please contact the Resource Center for further information.
The audiologist is available to provide in-service training to your school district or organization. Presentation topics are customized based on your needs. Please contact the Resource Center for further information.