Hearing is essential to the development of spoken language. Hearing impairment, even in mild ranges, can impact speech and language learning which can have far reaching effects on a child’s academics as well as their social and emotional development.
Early hearing evaluations can identify the presence of a hearing loss and allow for implementation of interventions such as hearing aids or other listening/ learning accommodations. Research shows children with hearing loss have the best opportunities for keeping up with normal hearing peers if they are identified and fit with appropriate amplification by 6 months old.
How We Can Help
ESD 112 Audiology Department serves 30 school districts in six counties in Southwest Washington for the following services:
Provide comprehensive hearing assessments to any child (ages 6 months – 21 years) within our service area. Evaluations are conducted at NO COST to the family.
Fitting and dispensing hearing aids for children with hearing loss. Hearing aids are provided at a reduced cost thanks to state funding. ESD 112 Audiology works with all state and most private insurance companies.
Help families find funding sources for hearing-related equipment.
Provide assistive technology to hearing impaired students as appropriate and as designated by education support plans. Train students, staff, and teachers on care and use of equipment.
Participate in student education support teams and provide recommendations for classroom accommodations. Train teachers and parents how best to support children with hearing loss and their listening needs.