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Pediatric Hearing Aids

What are hearing aids?

Hearing aids are small electronic or battery-operated devices that can amplify and change sound. They are used by people with hearing loss. A hearing aid has a microphone that receives sound and changes it into sound waves. The sound waves are then changed into electrical signals.

More than 3 million children in the U.S. have hearing loss. About 1.3 million of them are younger than age 3. More children will lose their hearing later in childhood. Hearing aids can help improve hearing and speech, especially for children with a type of hearing loss called nerve deafness (sensorineural hearing loss). This type of hearing loss may be caused by damaged hair cells (sensory receptor cells) in the inner ear. Or it may be from a damaged hearing nerve. Nerve deafness can be caused by:

  • Noise
  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Certain medicines
  • Birth defects
  • Tumors
  • Problems with blood circulation
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Pamela Mudd

Pamela Mudd

Director, Pediatric Voice Program
Otolaryngologist
Diego Preciado

Diego Preciado

Vice Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah

Senior Vice President for the Children’s National Hospital-Based Specialties Center
Otolaryngologist
Departments

Departments

Hearing and Speech

The Hearing and Speech Center at Children’s National Hospital provides expert diagnosis and care for children with audiology and communication disorders.

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.