Hearing Aids Help Children with Special Needs

. February 27, 2014.

Can you say otolaryngology? When thinking of a special needs child, people may envision a child who is relegated to a limited life due to his or her particular disability. But Findlay Ear, Nose and Throat is working to help change that perception. 
Hearing impairment is an issue that can cause developmental delays and hinder a child’s educational process, ranging from partial hearing loss to profound deafness with resulting speech difficulties. For the 10 to 15 percent of newborns who have a partial loss, help may be possible with the creativity and skill of a great local resource.               
Doctors Erik Nielsen and Andrew Reid head a staff including Doctors of Audiology Erica Campbell, Kristina Trout, and Jennifer Bournique. Together, they provide a full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative services for pediatric patients, including those with special needs.
Jennifer says that Findlay ENT can test and adopt special techniques to fit the need of each individual, which includes hearing aids if necessary. She added that this includes infants who fail the newborn hearing screening. Physicians often times analyze hearing issues to rule out auditory problems, which then may require additional testing through their pediatrician or other health professional for problems such as pervasive development disorder or autism spectrum disorder. The doctor may also refer a child to speech and language therapy.
Infants and children may also be referred from members of their regional parent mentor program. The program is funded through the Ohio Department of Education, Division of Special Education. Family support specialist Roseann Hall works with Tiffin, Fostoria and Seneca County children from birth to three years old through the Seneca-Wyandot Parent Mentor Program, which serves Hopewell-Loudon, Fostoria and New Riegel school districts, among others. Anyone who suspects developmental delays can request help from area mentors.

In Hancock County the parent mentor is Laurie Bertscher through the Hancock County Educational Service Center.  She may be reached at 419.422.7525, ext. 105 or emailed at betscherl@hancockesc.org. If something doesn’t seem right, contact your pediatrician, parent mentor or give Findlay Ear, Nose and Throat a call.
Findlay Ear, Nose and Throat is located at
1110 W. Main Cross St., Findlay. 419.424.1393