Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center supports early identification, assessment, and intervention for all types of hearing loss in children and adolescents. Early intervention is crucial for the development of speech and language, as well as for social, emotional, and psychological development.
The most appropriate protocol will be individualized for each child based on his or her developmental and/or chronological age and other relevant factors. Because of this, diverse test procedures are implemented as needed.
Conditioned Play Audiometry
How do you get a 4-year-old to press a button when they hear the beeps? Short answer: you don’t. This is where Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA) comes in! By demonstrating a repetitive play task to the child and providing positive reinforcement, we can obtain frequency-specific information to test their hearing sensitivity. Activities that are fresh, innovative, and appealing to a child makes coming to the audiologist fun.
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
If your child is too young for play audiometry, or too shy to interact, we can use Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA). This testing involves measuring your child’s sensitivity to sound by using a head-turn response. Visual reinforcement after a head turn response keeps the task interesting for the child.