We recommend and dispense an array of state-of-the-art hearing technology, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone conduction devices, and other assistive listening technology to children who are candidates. 

Hearing Aids

For most caregivers and parents of children with hearing loss, having your child fitted with hearing aids can enormously benefit your journey towards healthy hearing. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who treat their hearing loss have been shown to have a higher quality of life and self-esteem than those who do not seek treatment.  

What is a Hearing Aid?   

Though there are many makes and models of hearing aids, each is feature-packed, offering various options. No matter the model, a hearing aid will contain a microphone to pick up sound, a processor that analyzes sound and filters out unwanted noise, and a receiver to deliver the amplified sound deep inside the ear.   

Although the variety of choices in hearing aids may seem overwhelming for you and your child, a House Audiologist will recommend the appropriate make and model to suit individual diagnoses.   

Candidates   

Most children with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids, though some will do better with a cochlear implant. The hearing care professionals here at the House Children’s Hearing Center will determine whether your child is an ideal candidate for hearing aids based on the type and severity of the hearing loss and the structure and shape of the outer ear. 

Speech Therapy  

Our children’s center will also provide the therapy necessary to aid in your child’s speech development.  

Through research-based therapy and a positive environment where children learn through play, we hope to build your child’s confidence and hear them laugh along the way. Our specialized care team will provide parents and caregivers with the strategies they need to enhance therapeutic success and aid their child’s journey in understanding the world around them. 

All services include an individual treatment plan for each child, home program training, and progress reviews at regular intervals. 

What to expect: 

  • We ensure that all our staff and therapists establish a strong rapport with your child to promote a positive learning experience. 
  • We keep your concerns in mind, while following the individualized treatment plan. 
  • Therapy is tailored to be unique to fit your child’s needs. 
  • During or after each session, the therapist will review objectives of each activity and how clients can reinforce the skills at home. 

There are many benefits to delivering speech and language therapy to children. Some reasons include: 

  • Improving current skill base to reduce frustration. 
  • Increasing independence and independent learning. 
  • Increasing social interaction and development of meaningful friendships and relationships. 
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence. 
Cochlear Implants

The Cochlear Implant Program at the House Children’s Hearing Center represents one of the most historic and prestigious cochlear implant centers in California. 

What is a Cochlear Implant?  

Developed in large part at the House Institute by William House, MD, a cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. An implant does not restore normal hearing. Instead, it can give a deaf person a useful representation of sounds in the environment and helps him or her to understand speech. 

The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin. The basic parts of the device include:  

  • A microphone that picks up sound from the environment  
  • A speech processor that selectively filters sound to prioritize audible speech and sends the electrical sound signals through a thin cable to the transmitter  
  • A transmitter, which is a coil held in position by a magnet placed behind the external ear; it transmits the processed sound signals to the internal device by electromagnetic induction.  
  • A receiver and stimulator secured in bone beneath the skin, which converts the signals into electric impulses and sends them through an internal cable to electrodes 
  • An array of up to 22 electrodes wound through the cochlea, which send the impulses to the nerves in the scala tympani and then directly to the brain through the auditory system 

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as of April 2009, approximately 188,000 people worldwide have received implants. In the United States, roughly 41,500 adults and 25,500 children have received them. 

Candidates 

The House Children’s Hearing Center determines implant candidacy on an individual basis. We consider a person’s hearing history, cause of hearing loss, amount of residual hearing, speech recognition ability, health status, and family commitment to aural habilitation/rehabilitation.  

A prime cochlear implant candidate has: 

  • severe to profound sensorineural hearing impairment in one or both ears 
  • functioning auditory nerve(s) 
  • good speech, language, and communication skills, or, in the case of infants and young children, a family willing to work toward speech and language skills with therapy 

Cochlear implantation is a delicate and challenging procedure, and we provide unparalleled service through the experience and knowledge of our medical staff and clinical associates in our cochlear implant division.  

Speech Therapy  

Our children’s center will also provide the therapy necessary to aid in your child’s speech development.  

Through research-based therapy and a positive environment where children learn through play, we hope to build your child’s confidence and hear them laugh along the way. Our specialized care team will provide parents and caregivers with the strategies they need to enhance therapeutic success and aid their child’s journey in understanding the world around them. 

All services include an individual treatment plan for each child, home program training, and progress reviews at regular intervals. 

What to expect: 

  • We ensure that all our staff and therapists establish a strong rapport with you and your child to promote a positive learning experience. 
  • We keep your concerns in mind while following the individualized treatment plan. 
  • Therapy is uniquely tailored to fit your child’s needs. 
  • During or after each session, the therapist will review objectives of each activity and how parents and family can reinforce the skills at home. 

There are many benefits to delivering speech and language therapy to children. Some reasons include: 

  • Improving current skill base to reduce frustration. 
  • Increasing independence and independent learning. 
  • Increasing social interaction and development of meaningful friendships and relationships. 
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence.

Our Team

Gladys Dias-Garcia, AuD

Gladys Dias-Garcia, AuD

Pediatric Audiologist

William M. Luxford

William M. Luxford

MD

Erin E. Maierle

Erin E. Maierle

AuD, ABAC

Kevin A. Peng

Kevin A. Peng

MD

Cynthia Canche

Cynthia Canche

Patient Care Coordinator

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