Hearing Tests

Comprehensive Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Edison, NJ

Identifying potential hearing problems in children as early as possible is essential for preserving your child’s long-term hearing. At Comprehensive Pediatrics in Edison, New Jersey, the pediatricians offer in-office hearing tests to evaluate your child’s hearing, starting in infancy. The pediatric specialists perform routine hearing tests to monitor your child’s hearing and overall development. To learn more about the benefits of hearing tests, schedule a consultation online or call Comprehensive Pediatrics today.

Hearing Tests Q & A

Why does my child need hearing tests?

The team at Comprehensive Pediatrics offers several types of hearing tests to evaluate how well your child can hear at different stages of growth. 

The goal of a pediatric hearing test is to ensure your child doesn’t have hearing issues or loss that can interfere with their development, speech, and learning due to:

  • Ear infections
  • Premature birth
  • Use of certain medications
  • Exposure to very loud noises

Hearing tests also can identify hearing issues in children that have a family history of childhood hearing loss.

With routine hearing tests, the Comprehensive Pediatrics team can identify possible hearing problems in the earliest stages when treatment is most effective.

What hearing tests are available?

Comprehensive Pediatrics offers several types of hearing tests in-office to accommodate your child’s age and medical history. These tests include:

Otoscopic exam

An otoscopic exam uses an otoscope to look into your child’s ear canal to identify a build-up of earwax or abnormal drainage that can interfere with hearing.

Tympanometry test

A tympanometry test measures the movement of the eardrum to evaluate the function of the middle ear. While this type of test can’t detect hearing loss, it can uncover issues, such as fluid build-up or holes that affect the middle ear or eardrum, which can impact hearing.

Otoacoustic emission (OAE) test

In older children, OAE testing determines how well your child hears different sounds. Through an earphone, the provider plays sounds into your child’s ear, and your child raises their hand in response to each sound.

If your child’s test results indicate a potential hearing problem, your Comprehensive Pediatrics provider can refer you to a specialist for additional testing and treatment.

When should I schedule a hearing test for my child?

The team at Comprehensive Pediatrics may perform a hearing test as a part of your child’s routine physical exam.

However, you can request a hearing screening if your child shows signs of hearing difficulties at home or school, such as:

  • Inattention
  • Limited speech
  • Learning difficulties
  • Failure to respond to conversation

You should also schedule a hearing test if your child becomes easily frustrated in situations where there’s a lot of background noise or if they frequently keep the volume of the television, radio, or other electronics up high.

If you have concerns about your child’s hearing, schedule a hearing test by calling Comprehensive Pediatrics or requesting an appointment online today.