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Audiology

Audiology

AUDIOLOGY CLINIC

The Audiology Clinic of The School District of Escambia County Florida, Department of Exceptional Student Education, is located on the campus of Holm Elementary School.  A smaller satellite clinic is located on the campus of Molino Park Elementary School.

 

Hearing evaluations and related audiological services are provided, FREE of charge, to all children, birth to age 22, living in Escambia County Florida.  Both clinics are staffed and equipped to evaluate special needs students.

 

Appointments for either clinic can be scheduled by calling (850) 471-6001.

SERVICES

  • Identifying hearing abilities through comprehensive evaluations
  • Hearing screening programs, including newborns and district-wide
  • Counseling families and students regarding hearing health
  • Recommendations for management of hearing loss and hearing health
  • Coordinating with teachers, physicians and other professionals regarding the student’s needs
  • Interpreting results received from outside agencies
  • Functional assessment of personal amplification
  • Fitting and maintaining school based FM systems

Signs of Hearing loss

  • Lack of or decreased response to everyday sounds or speech
  • Does not respond loud sounds (i.e., door slam, dog bark, dropped pan, etc.)
  • Lack of or delayed speech and language skills
  • Turns up volume of TV or radio
  • Frequent ear problems (fluid, infections, pain, fullness, wax, drainage, odors, etc.)
  • Strains to hear
  • Asks you to repeat yourself often
  • Pays close attention to the face, lips and gestures of the person talking
  • Withdraws from social interactions

High Risk Factors of Hearing Loss

NEWBORN / INFANT

  • Family history of hearing impairment.  
  • Congenital peri-natal infections.
  • Anatomic malformations of the head or neck.
  • Birth weight less than 1500 grams (less than 3.3 lbs.).
  • Hyperbilirubinemia at level exceeding indications for exchange transfusion.
  • Bacterial meningitis.
  • Ototoxic medications exceeding five days.
  • Syndromes known to be associated with hearing loss.
  • Prolonged ventilations

CHILDHOOD

  • Parent/caregiver concern regarding hearing, speech, language and/or developmental delay
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Neonatal risk factors which may be associated with progressive hearing loss (i.e., cytomegalovirus, prolonged ventilation and inherited disorders, etc.)
  • Head trauma, especially either longitudinal or transverse fracture of the temporal bone
  • Stigmata or other findings associated with syndromes known to include hearing loss
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Infectious diseases known to be associated with hearing loss (i.e., mumps, measles, etc.)

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

Birth-3 months

  • Startles or jumps when there is a sudden sound.
  • Stirs, wakes or cries when someone talks or makes a noise.
  • Recognizes your voice and quiets when you speak.

3-6 months

  • Turns eyes toward interesting sounds.
  • Appears to listen.
  • Turns head to search for source of a voice.
  • Awakes easily to sounds.
  • Anticipates feeding by hearing familiar sounds (rattling of bottles, pots and pans, etc.).
  • Enjoys rattles and noise-making toys.

6-12  months

  • Reacts to music by cooing.
  • Responds to own name.
  • Turns head toward soft sounds.
  • Looks to correct person when words “mommy” or “daddy” are said.
  • Understands “no” and “bye-bye.”
  • Begins to imitate speech sounds (babbles).

12-15 months

  • Says first words such as “Da-Da,” “Ma-Ma,” or “bye-bye.”
  • Knows names of favorite toys and can point to them when asked.
  • Likes rhymes and jingles.

15-20 months

  • Can follow simple directions (“put the block in the box”).
  • Recognizes body parts when named (hair, mouth, nose, etc.).
  • Asks for wants by naming “milk,” “cookie,” etc.
  • Speaks 10-20 words.

20-24 months

  • Begins combining words such as “go bye-bye car” and “juice all gone”.
  • Refers to self by name.
  • Enjoys being read to.
  • Shows interest in the sounds of radio and television.

24-36 months

  • At 24 months, speaks about 270 words with a very fast daily rate of increase in vocabulary.
  • Child wants to communicate and tell experiences.
  • Is frustrated if adults don’t understand.
  • By age 3, vocabulary equals about 1000 words, 80% of which are intelligible even to strangers.  It is common for some sounds to be mispronounced (i.e., “l,” “r” and “th”).

DIRECTIONS - Holm

 

6101 Lanier Drive

Pensacola FL  32504

 

Phone: (850) 471-6001

Fax: (850) 471-6003

 

Monday-Friday

7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Directions - Molino Park

 

899 Highway 97

Molino FL  32577

 

By Appointment Only