Pediatric Hearing Evaluations

We evaluate the hearing of newborns and adolescents at our office through a variety of tests depending on age and communication abilities. 

Pediatric Hearing Evaluation FAQs

1. Why is a pediatric hearing test necessary?

Hearing loss in children can negatively impact speech and language development. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention of hearing loss is essential to developing normal speech and language skills.

2. How much does a pediatric hearing test cost?

The maximum out-of-pocket estimate for a hearing test is $285.00 at our office. A large number of insurance companies will normally cover a portion of testing and consider it a form of preventative care! We strongly recommend reaching out to your insurance company before your appointment to see what type of benefit you have. 

3. Does my child have to be a certain age to have a hearing test?

Children of all ages can be tested for hearing loss in different ways. Babies up to the age of 6-7 months are tested through Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) testing, which is a way to read responses from the auditory nerve when . Children between the ages of 7 months to about 5 years old can be tested behaviorally  through Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) or Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA). Children that are 3-5 years and older can typically participate in standard audiometry that is also used to test adults.

4. What is the 1-3-6 goal? 

The Early Hearing Loss, Detection, Diagnosis, and Intervention (EHDDI) Program at the Washington State Department of Health provides protocols for screening and diagnostic evaluation of newborns’ hearing.

One of the primary goals of the EHDDI program is to ensure that all infants born in the state of Washington:

  • Are screened for hearing loss before hospital discharge, or by one month of age

  • Receive diagnostic audiological evaluation by three months of age if needed

  • Are enrolled in early intervention services by six months of age if needed

This is also known as the 1-3-6 goal.