Pediatric Aural Rehabilitation Program

Through generous support of Lions club members, children benefit from advances in care for children's ear, nose and throat conditions. Welcome to the Minnesota Lions Children's Hearing and ENT Clinic at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s largest pediatric otolaryngology/audiology programs.
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Experts at M Health provide help with hearing aids (fittings and dispensing), including loaner hearing aids through the Minnesota Lions Loaner Bank, Tinnitus evaluations, and prescription of noise generators, as well as:

  • Newborn hearing screening follow-up
  • Speech-language evaluations for children who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Aural rehabilitation/speech-language therapy

 

Our Approach

Our specialists identify hearing loss and help children who are deaf and hard of hearing reach their full potential. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn language and understand the world around them. It is our privilege to work with families every step of their journey.

Families can expect a lifetime of care from audiology, aural rehabilitation, and ENT providers through University of Minnesota Health. When our patients grow from being adolescents to adults, services can be smoothly transitioned to the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Providing a variety of programs and services

  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing, including stacked ABR
  • Aural (hearing) rehabilitation
  • Bone-anchored hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants (All three varieties approved by the FDA for use.)
  • Diagnostic-hearing evaluations
  • Measuring signals produced by the inner ear Otoacoustic-emission testing
  • Testing for electrical sound generation potential by stimulating the inner ear Electrocochleography
  • Facial-nerve testing (Electroneuronography)
  • Hearing aids, fittings and dispensing
  • Tinnitus evaluations and prescription of noise generators
  • Vestibular evaluations

The Lions clinic makes treatment simpler, more coordinated and inclusive. In a word—better. With one phone call to our multidisciplinary clinic coordinator, busy parents can access all of these professionals in one location. Coordinated care ensures that the family's needs are met and encourages a shared vision among everyone involved in the child's care. We work closely with colleagues in genetics and infectious diseases to determine the causes of hearing loss. We also engage other care specialties at our children's hospital as needed.

Audiologists specialize in identifying hearing loss and providing appropriate rehabilitation options. Our providers hold Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degrees and are trained and experienced in all areas of pediatric diagnostics and rehabilitation. Assessing young children can be complicated. In addition to having the most experienced team of cochlear implant audiologists in the Twin Cities metro area, we have trained, skilled test assistants who help providers obtain the needed information at every appointment.

Aural Rehabilitation Specialists are typically speech-language pathologists with experience helping children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen and use language. These specialists may address the following areas to promote listening and learning for children:

  • Auditory Development
  • Language Development
  • Speech/Articulation
  • Family/Patient Coaching

Otolaryngologists are doctors trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT). Our ENT doctors are experts in pediatric disorders and know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. All of our otolaryngologists perform cochlear implant surgeries.

 

Conditions We Treat

<p>Our experts provide a variety of programs and services to treat:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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