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Audiology is a type of care that helps people with the diagnosis and treatment 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