The Audiology Department in The Stavros Niarchos Center for Speech & Audiology strives to identify hearing loss and manage the hearing impaired inpatient and outpatient pediatric populations at Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
Our specially trained clinical staff is proud of its results. Using state-of-the-art equipment and testing procedures specifically suited for a child's age and diagnosis, results are obtained with most children, particularly those who are difficult to test.
Patient evaluation and audiology procedures include:
- Audiological evaluation
An evaluation done on all ages using either headphones or via soundfield. Techniques utilized are modified based on the child’s age.
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR) evaluation
Performed when required post newborn hearing screening ideally during natural sleep or wen the infant is quiet. Also used for diagnostic evaluation of older children when needed. Surface electrodes are placed on the head with an earphone sending sound into the test ear. Responses are recorded on the computer. Provides frequency specific threshold information.
- Otoacoustic emission (OAE)evaluation
A diagnostic test performed on all ages as needed. Provide information regarding the integrity of the cochlear where the hair cell for hearing live.
- Central auditory processing (CAPE)evaluation
Must be age 6 years of age or older with adequate speech development. Identifies processing issues that affect the child in their academic environment,
- Hearing aid evaluation and hearing aid check
Evaluation, fitting of a hearing aid device with confirmation of benefit when using the device. Performed at all ages once medically cleared for device use by an Otolaryngologist.
- Cochlear implant mapping and follow-up
Initial programming of device post-surgery and routine management. Candidates are required to be 9 months of age with a severe to profound hearing loss.
- Earmold impressions for hearing aid earmolds and noise protectors
Ear impressions for custom earmold and noise protector earplugs. Can be performance on all ages with medical clearance from and Otolaryngologist.
Questions regarding accepted insurance carriers and appointment scheduling are managed by the Outpatient Registration department. They can be reached at 914-831-2435. For questions regarding clinical services, please contact Dr. Ida Wise, Au.D.. ,CCC
Ida Wise, Au.D., C.C.C. is senior audiologist in The Stavros Niarchos Center for Speech & Audiology at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wise has more than three decades of experience in diagnosing and treating children with mild to severe hearing loss, and has conducted more than 20,000 pediatric hearing evaluations at the Hospital. She is also currently a reviewer for a national testing organization and has trained early intervention professionals for the New York State Early Intervention program.