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Audiology is a type of care that helps people with the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, auditory processing disorders, and balance problems. An audiologist can do tests to learn about problems and suggest treatments. If a hearing aid or other device is needed, an audiologist can help select the right device and fit it for your child.
Certain cancer medicines and treatments can damage hearing. It is important to test hearing regularly to watch for changes. Hearing affects speech, social relationships, learning, and school performance. Early care can help patients better cope with hearing loss.
Audiologists are licensed health professionals with a graduate degree in audiology (AuD). They work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, and schools. Talk with your doctor about whether an audiologist could help your child. Most insurance companies will cover the costs of testing for hearing problems.
Reviewed: June 2018
Some childhood cancer survivors may experience hearing problems. The most common conditions are hearing loss and tinnitus.
Hearing loss is a possible side effect of some pediatric cancers or cancer treatments. Early assessment and intervention can help patients and families better manage hearing loss to promote quality of life after childhood cancer.
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