The Pediatric Audiology Clinic at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) provides a full range of audiological services for infants and children, including comprehensive hearing evaluations, counseling with families, and fitting and long-term follow-up with hearing technology.
The Pediatric Audiology Clinic has three primary goals:
- To identify hearing loss as early in life as possible
- To provide access to hearing technology for children with permanent hearing loss
- To coordinate follow-up services for intervention, monitoring and ongoing evaluation
What to Expect During Your Visit
- Assessment process: Your child may be seen for a short hearing screening or a more detailed hearing evaluation. The hearing assessment measures are selected based on your child’s developmental level. Hearing assessment does involve placing earphones in/on the child’s ears; for children who are not able to tolerate earphones, speaker testing can be completed.
- Hearing assessment in young infants involves measuring responses from the ears while the child is asleep or calm
- Hearing assessment in young children involves engaging the child to respond to sound by turning the head or by playing a game.
- Older children respond to sound through instructions.
- The length of your visit will vary from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on whether the visit is for screening or more detailed assessment; lengthy infant assessments during sleep last 2 hours. Children with hearing technology have an additional 30 minutes for adjustments of hearing technology.
- Billing and Insurance: Health insurance covers most clinic visits. Costs depend on your child’s age and how many specialists you see. Talk with your health insurance company about what services they cover, what co-pays you will need to pay, and whether you need authorization
- E-Care is the confidential medical record system used for CHDD Specialty Clinics. You can view upcoming appointments, lab results, and other visit information online. Parents or guardians of children may sign up for eCare access to their children’s online health records. You can contact your child’s clinic for more information, or sign up in person when you check in for your child’s appointment.
- Interpreter Services: Specially trained medical interpreters are available for patients or family members who do not speak English. Be sure to request an interpreter, if needed, when you contact our clinic. Let us know which language you prefer to use.
The Pediatric Audiology Clinic Team
CHDD: Getting Here
The CHDD is located directly behind the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) at the south end of the UW campus in Seattle, Washington.
1701 NE Columbia Rd
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7920
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