The Audiology Department at Lurie Children’s offers comprehensive, collaborative and individualized hearing healthcare to children from infancy to young adults to 21 years of age. We provide state-of-the-art audiological services to diagnose, treat and habilitate children with hearing loss using evidence-based practices.
We provide the following services:
- Early detection of hearing loss
- Referral to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician for a medical evaluation, if needed
- Fitting hearing aids and/or providing cochlear implantations
- Assistive listening devices to improve understanding speech in noise
- Referral for aural habilitation (hearing) therapy and speech-language therapy, if needed
- Collaboration with community based physicians, audiologists, aural habilitation therapists, speech pathologists, classroom teachers and hearing itinerant teachers
- Community resources and education to families and their hearing impaired children
- A network for children with hearing loss and their families to connect and share their experiences
The Lurie Children’s Difference
Our team takes a family-centered approach to help you navigate the identification and habilitative process of treating your child’s condition. We offer a unique support group for families of children with hearing loss called Sound Experience. The meetings provide supervised play and social activities for the kids, and they also give parents opportunities to network and access educational resources. Sound Experience is an exciting, innovative program open to all children with hearing loss and their families.
We also offer a wide-range of family support services for you and your child, as well as their siblings.
What to Expect
Our audiologists will conduct an evaluation of your child’s hearing, which generally takes 45 minutes to an hour. The audiologists will:
- Ask for your child’s medical history
- Perform various painless and fun age-appropriate diagnostic tests
- Share the results and give you a plan for your child’s treatment.
- Consult with other specialists about your child, as needed
- Recommend speech-language or hearing therapy, as needed
- Refer you to the Cochlear Implant Program if your child is a good candidate
- Talk with you about your role in your child’s treatments and therapies
- Answer any questions you may have
Our department includes 22 pediatric audiologists, including six audiologists who specialize in cochlear implants. We have a full-time social worker, one educational liaison, one hearing aid technician, a cochlear implant program assistant and five audiology assistants. Our audiologists are masters or doctoral level specialists.
To give your child the best and most comprehensive care possible, we work closely with specialists from other divisions, including:
Dahlia Klepac, MS, CCC-SLP, is the director of the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Division of Rehabilitative Services. Lisa Weber, Au.D, is the department’s manager. Joy Ringger, Au.D, is our diagnostic clinical coordinator, and Beth Tournis, Au.D, is our cochlear implant coordinator. See all of our specialists.
Make an Appointment
Please call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®) for a first-time appointment for your child’s hearing evaluation. Please obtain a referral/order from your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor prior to your appointment.
We currently provide audiology services at our main hospital and at the following outpatient locations: