Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation
Following the test, an audiologist will discuss the results and options for treatment, if necessary. Staff with the Hearing and Speech Foundation may become involved in further diagnostic evaluation or therapy treatment.
Infant and Child Hearing Testing
No child is too young to test! We are able to provide hearing screening and testing for children of all ages. We have specialized testing and procedures we use to test children in all stages of development. Sometimes testing of children can take multiple sessions to obtain all the information needed to rule out a hearing loss. We are dedicated to providing a calm testing environment and creating a pleasant experience for parents and children alike.
Newborn Hearing Screening and Follow-Up
In 2000, in conjunction with Blount Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center, audiologists with Blount Hearing and Speech Services (BHSS) developed and implemented the Newborn Hearing Screening program. This program allowed every family the opportunity to have their infant’s hearing screened before leaving the hospital. BHSS provided this service until 2004 when the staff of the Family Birthing Center took over the screening program.
Audiologists with BHSS continue to see babies from the hospital and surrounding birthing centers for follow-up when they do not pass the screening before leaving the hospital. Financial assistance is available through the Hearing and Speech Foundation for those families of infants who require follow-up testing. BHSS audiologists and hearing therapists with the Hearing and Speech Foundation are fervent about early detection of hearing loss and providing infants and young children with intervention services through an audiological assessment.