Our center is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with hearing loss through cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic services. Our pediatric audiologists, speech pathologists and auditory-verbal therapists work closely with our physicians to provide comprehensive and professional services to families of children suspected or diagnosed with hearing loss. Our compassionate staff is dedicated to partnering with families to maximize each child's auditory potential.
Our highly trained experts provide the following services:
Early diagnosis and management of hearing loss is critical and leads to significantly better outcomes in all areas of a child's development, including speech perception, auditory processing, speech development, language skills, literacy skills and social development.
Our pediatric audiologists provide a comprehensive evaluation of each child's abilities, determine the appropriate treatment and make recommendations for long-term care. Techniques used to assess a child's hearing include standard hearing tests, expert observation of auditory behaviors, visual reinforcement audiometry, middle-ear immittance measurements, otoacousic emissions (OAE), auditory brainstem response testing (ABR) and central Auditory Processing Disorder testing (CAPD).
The Choclear Implant Program at the House Children's Center of UCLA provides cochlear implant evaluation, treatement, and follow-uyp care to children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss ages birth through 21. Our cochlear implant evaluation uses a team approach, including input from our audiologist, speech pathologist, educational liaison, and, as needed, a social worker/psychologist.
Speech and language evaluations and pre- and post-cochlear implant evaluations are conducted by a licensed speech pathologist to determine a child's current levels of functioning in all areas of communication development. Our speech pathologists and auditory-verbal therapists work closely with each family and provide individualized therapies to achieve the best results. Separate sessions are devoted to educating and coaching the parent, and utilizing strategies to build language, speech and cognition through audition (hearing and listening). Each family receives counseling, resources and support during individual sessions. Ongoing collaboration with the child's educational-team members is also provided for families receiving therapeutic intervention through our center.
At our center, we provide parents of newly diagnosed children with the information they need to choose the treatments and services that are best-suited for their child. This includes educational options for children with hearing loss as well as management options, resources and referrals.
Our Educational Liaison has been an educational Audiologist for over 25 years. She works with families to make recommendations about their communication and educational services. She also works with school based providers to make sure families have all the needed support for their children.
House Children's Hearing Center of UCLA offers a wide selection of educational books, videos and other materials in our Parent Resource Library. We periodically host lectures and seminars for parents and professionals on topics related to hearing loss, speech and language development and auditory habilitation.
For information, referral, and appointments, call: (213) 353-7005
2100 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057