Your child may experience hearing loss when any part of his ear is not working the way it should, impacting the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, hearing nerve and auditory system.
About 3 in every 1,000 babies are born in the U.S. with hearing loss.
What causes hearing loss in babies and kids?
There are many possible causes of childhood hearing loss. It can result from conditions like:
- Premature birth
- Pregnancy-related conditions, such as cytomegalovirus or rubella
- Postnatal infections, such as otitis media or meningitis
- Neurofibromatosis or osteopetrosis
- Down, CHARGE, Usher, Alport, Pendred, Jervell and Lange-Nielsen, Waardenburg, and Treacher Collins syndromes
- Craniofacial abnormalities
- Head trauma
- Neurodegenerative disorders
Hearing loss in children can have a profound impact on their development. The earlier the hearing loss begins, the bigger the effect it can have on a child later in life.
Children with hearing loss may find it more difficult to:
- Learn speech and language.
- Develop social relationships.
- Succeed in school.
The earlier hearing loss is identified and treated, the better the outcome. The Hearing Loss Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta can help identify, treat and support babies and children with hearing loss.
The Hearing Loss Program at Children’s is dedicated to meeting the needs of kids with hearing loss. Our pediatric otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors, or ENTs), audiologists (hearing specialists) and therapists offer a full range of audiology diagnostics and treatment services to create integrated, comprehensive care that’s unmatched at other children’s facilities for infants, children, teens and young adults.
Children’s audiologists have extensive experience in pediatric hearing evaluations on young patients exhibiting a variety of symptoms, conditions and complications. In 2021 alone, we performed 1,498 ABR evaluations and newborn screenings and had more than 16,000 audiology encounters. Since we work exclusively with kids, this experience gives our audiologists a keen eye when interpreting results.
In 2021, we performed 81 pediatric cochlear implant surgeries. We offer a comprehensive approach to implantation. Our multidisciplinary team includes audiologists, ENTs and speech therapists to help your child achieve his goals. This team works together, and with your family, to specialize your child’s care.
Children’s is one of the only pediatric hospital systems in the Southeast that provides vestibular rehabilitation.
- Paula Harmon, MD, Medical Director, Hearing Loss Program
Children's Physician Group–Otolaryngology
Private practice pediatric otolaryngologist in our program
- Jill Maddox, AuD, Audiology Manager
- Darby Blake, AuD, Audiology Clinical Supervisor
- Laura Berdelman, AuD
- Caitlin Browder, AuD
- Amanda Cross, AuD
- Molly England, AuD
- Heather Garvey, MS
- Erin Gowen, AuD
- Hilary Haddad, AuD
- Florence Himelfarb, AuD
- Erin Holman, AuD
- Tyler Lohman, AuD
- Vicki Lynn, AuD
- Sue Malkin, AuD
- Kelly Murphy, AuD
- Jennifer Reddaway, AuD
- Kat Rybolt, AuD
- Kaitlin Sipos, AuD
- Lauren Stott, AuD
- Nicole Street, AuD