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Speech Language Pathology + Audiology

Hearing Aids + Assistive Listening Devices Service

Don't Let Hearing Loss Slow Down Your Child

Hearing loss presents challenges for anyone, particularly children who are developing speech and language skills. Through our Hearing Aids & Assistive Listening Devices Service at Floating Hospital for Children, we help kids with hearing loss gain access to environmental and speech sounds to experience life at its fullest.

Our team handles everything from the initial audiologic evaluation and device selection through device fitting and follow-up management of devices. We see patients as young as a few weeks old and provide highly individualized care that lasts a lifetime.

Today's technology offers a variety of solutions for children with hearing loss. We'll make sure your child gets the most effective device for his or her particular needs, whether it's a hearing aid, assistive listening device or implantable hearing device.

Finding the Right Solution

Most patients come to our clinic on the referral of a Floating Hospital otolaryngologist or after failing a hearing screening at their pediatrician's office or school.

At the first visit, one of our licensed audiologists reviews your child's medical history and examines his or her ears. Next, we perform a series of diagnostic tests to evaluate auditory status. If we detect hearing loss, your child will see one of our otolaryngologists to confirm it isn't caused by an underlying medical problem and to obtain clearance for further amplification needs.

Once we understand the type and severity of hearing loss, we'll discuss the various options available for your child. All of our audiologists have extensive experience in the fitting and usage of hearing aids and assistive listening devices. In addition, we continually keep up with the latest advancements and can explain to you the pros and cons of different manufacturers and technology.

Please note: Due to Massachusetts law, most of our families are not burdened by the cost of amplification and will receive individualized care for their hearing loss needs.

We're Always Here for Your Child

After a device is chosen, an ear-mold impression may be taken (depending on the style and model selected) and the device is ordered. Approximately three weeks thereafter, we see your child again to program the device according to his or her hearing needs and review all details involved in device operation, maintenance and warranty.

At subsequent visits, our team:

  • Fine-tunes programming, cleans and checks the device, and ensures maximum benefit from hearing aid(s) via Verifit testing
  • Reevaluates hearing sensitivity every six to 12 months to monitor for changes (more often if concerns arise or medically indicated)
  • Reviews your child’s performance in school — and, if necessary, provides guidance to the school on making additional accommodations
  • Answers any questions you or your child may have

Since many of our patients stay with us into adulthood, our team develops close relationships with the families we serve. We'll do everything we can to make sure your child has the necessary access to sounds for adequate communication, today and for years to come.

Susan M McDonald, MA, CCC-A

Susan M McDonald, MA, CCC-A

Title(s): Senior Audiologist
Department(s): Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5300
Fax #: 617-636-0583

Diagnostic audiology, implantable hearing devices

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Andrew Scott, MD

Andrew Scott, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Otolaryngologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2820
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Pediatric ENT, cleft lip and palate surgery, vascular anomalies, neonatal mandibular distraction osteogenesis for airway obstruction, endoscopic and laser airway surgery, open airway surgery, EXIT procedures, otologic surgery including cochlear implantation, micrognathia, microtia

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Mark A. Vecchiotti, MD

Mark A. Vecchiotti, MD

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology; Pediatric Otolaryngologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2820
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Pediatric hearing loss, chronic ear disease, and cochlear implantation
pediatric congenital and acquired head and neck masses
pediatric voice and airway disorders including respiratory papillomatosis and subglottic stenosis
pediatric sinus disease
advanced surgery for obstructive sleep apnea
facial nerve disorders

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Audrey Winans, AuD, CCC-A

Audrey Winans, AuD, CCC-A

Title(s): Audiologist
Department(s): Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5300
Fax #: 617-636-0583

Pediatric audiology, hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone anchored implants

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We appreciate the importance of maintaining close relationships with pediatricians and will provide updates on your patient following every visit.