1 What is an Otolaryngologist? An ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor (also called an otolaryngologist) is a physician whose specialty includes determining the cause of a hearing loss; identifying risk factors evaluating and treating ear problems. This type of doctor can tell for hearing loss ; and you if there is a medical condition in your child’s outer, middle, or inner ear that is causing the hearing loss by asking some questions and doing a medical examination. An ENT doc with knowledge and experience with childhood hearing loss can tor determine if medical and/or surgical treatment may be appropriate for your child. If so, will then provide these service, as well as provide long term monitoring the ENT doctor -up with your child’s pediatrician or primary health care provider . The ow and also foll ENT can provide information and guidance on your child’s candidacy for hearing doctor aids, assistive listening devices and/or s ds and urgery; bone anchored hearing ai cochlear implants. An ENT who has training and experience to evaluate and treat infants and young ffer the best care for your child. children will o Below are some questions you may want to ask your ENT. These questions were suggested by New Jersey EHDI Hearing Evaluat ion Council (advisory board) member s and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Questions to ask when scheduling an appointment : 1. Do I need a referral from my child’s pediatrician/primary care provider? 2. Do you accept my insurance? 3. What is the earliest appointment I can get for my child? 4. How long will the appointment take? 5. Are there things I should do to prepare my child for the appointment? 6. Do you frequently provide services to young children? 7. Do you have experience in evaluating and treating babies and children with hearing loss? 8. What age group of children have you worked with? 9. What type of equipment do you use to test for hearing loss? 10. Where will the treatment/testing take place – will this be in your office or at a hospital? 11. How do I make sure an interpreter will be present (if you need a sign language interpreter or you do not speak English) Questions to ask during the appointment : 1. How will you share the results of this exam with my child’s pediatrician/primary care provider? 2. May I have a copy of the hearing test results? (Attach and explain the audiogram or other information to this form.) 3. Do I need to schedule a follow -up appointment?
2 Questions to ask if your child hearing loss: has a 1. Do you have the most recent report from my child’s audiologist (hearing specialist)? 2. What type of hearing loss does my child have (sensorineural, conductive, mixed, terms and auditory neuropathy/auditory dys -synchrony)? Please explain these my child’s type of hearing loss. 3. Should I make appointments with other health professionals? For example, an eye doctor or a geneticist ( A clinical geneticist is a doctor who specializes in )? Who woul d you ons diagnosing and caring for people with genetic conditi recommend and how do I contact them? 4. Would you suggest genetic counseling for our family (A genetic counselor is a health care professional who talks with people about the risk for genetic conditions and provides counseling and support) ? 5. Are there other tests that my child needs? For example, brain scans (CT, MRI) ; heart tests (EKG); and blood or urine tests, or both. What will these tests tell you about my child’s hearing loss? 6. Can you tell if my child’s hearing loss will change or get worse? 7. Is there some cause for my child’s hearing loss? 8. How do I describe these results to family members? 9. What treatments are available? For example, ear tubes, other surgery, or cochlear implants? 10. Would my child benefit from a hearing aid? If so, how? 11. Will you be able to write a prescription that says my child has been medical ly cleared to wear hearing aids? What do I do about ear wax build- up, since the hearing aid’s earmold may push the 12. wax back into my child’s ear? 13. Besides hearing aids, what are some other things that will help my child to communicate? For example, a cochl ear implant, sign language, cued speech, a combination, etc .? 14. Will it be possible for my child to get a cochlear implant? Where can I go for more information ? and when should I do this 15. How often will we meet with you, onetime or ongoing? Will you talk with my child’s other health professionals? For example, the audiologist, primary care provider, early interventionists? 16. Do I need to limit my child’s activities in any way? 17. Do I need to have my other children’s hearing tested? 18. Would my child benefit from referral to a craniofacial team ?
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