It’s pretty common in children to have sort
of recurrent ear infections to where their hearing quality is as if you or I were hearing
underwater. So it’s just very garbled, it’s not clear. So why don’t we have you guys
come on in our sound booth, and we’ll get started. Usually when the parents come in, they have
kind of this look on their eyes ..like, how are you going to test my child? They’re
not talking…how are they going to respond? What’s going to happen? They don’t like
coming to the doctor…they don’t like having their ears looked at. What are you going to
do? (TAP, TAP, TAP…NOISE) One method is visual reinforcement audiometry.
The child gets the idea that when they hear a loud sound they turn and look at it and
something lights up and something fun happens. This requires no speech or response verbally
from the patient. (TOYS MAKE NOISE – CHILD REACTS) This is typically what we’ll use on our
real young children, I’d say anywhere from, you know, 9 months up to about 2-1/2 years
old. (TOYS MAKE NOISE – CHILD REACTS) In order to develop speech normally, you need
to be able to hear normally. So we’ll see children here in the clinic to rule out any
hearing loss as a potential contributor to their speech delay.
Good job Buddy! You did awesome in there. You did so good! Can I get a high-five? Awesome…come