Hearing and Speech
Hearing and Speech
The Hearing and Speech Clinic at Children's Mercy diagnoses and treats a wide variety of concerns related to your child’s hearing and speech abilities. Our expert care team uses the latest technological innovations to provide the best possible care for your child. We provide both inpatient and outpatient services for hearing and speech needs.
Teaming up to provide excellent care for your child
Children’s Mercy Hearing and Speech team members work closely with several other clinics and programs across the hospital. These include:
- 22q11.2 Clinic
- Autism Clinic
- Cleft Palate Program
- Developmental Delay Clinic
- Down Syndrome Program
- Great Heights (Turner Syndrome) Clinic
- Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic
- Otolaryngology (ENT) Department
- Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (VPD) Clinic
How to make an appointment with the Hearing and Speech Clinic
Your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor can refer you to our clinic, or you can call (816) 960-4001 (for Missouri locations) or (913) 696-5750 (for Kansas locations) for more information or to make an appointment. The Hearing and Speech Clinic does not require a referral to see a child, but many insurance plans need a physician's referral.
Keep in mind that state programs and Medicaid plans must approve a child's outpatient visits. It is important for you to check your insurance coverage before scheduling your appointment.
Financial assistance with the cost of hearing aids, speech therapy and feeding therapy is available for families who qualify. Please call (816) 960-4031 to apply.
Current patients can communicate with your Hearing and Speech team through the Patient Portal.
Hearing and speech services are available at several Children’s Mercy locations, including Broadway, College Boulevard, East, Northland, Scottish Rite, Adele Hall Campus, and Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas.
Meet our expert Hearing and Speech staff
Team members in the Hearing and Speech clinic include audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and auditory-verbal therapists. You may work with one or more of our providers depending on your child’s specific needs.
All our audiologists and speech-language pathologists have a master's degree or doctorate in their respective fields. All providers hold certification in their area of expertise in audiology or speech-language pathology.
Audiologists specialize in helping with hearing concerns. They provide various hearing tests and assist with hearing aids and cochlear implant testing.
Aural habilitation is the process of teaching a child with hearing loss how to listen with their hearing device. It is provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist who is experienced in working with children with hearing loss.
The Cochlear Implant program at Children’s Mercy is a partnership between our ENT and audiology teams. If you have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, we can help you determine if a cochlear implant is the right choice for your child and assist you through the entire process.
Speech and reading specialists work with children with dyslexia and other reading issues.
Specialists from across the hospital collaborate to provide evaluation and treatment for feeding and swallowing concerns.
Speech-language pathologists provide a variety of evaluations and speech therapy services for children with all types of communication difficulties.
We work with children who have problems with their vocal cords, including vocal nodules and vocal cord dysfunction. Our speech-language pathologists also assist transgender people with adjusting their vocal range, in connection with Children’s Mercy’s Gender Pathways Services clinic.
Academic language disorders
Apraxia of speech
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
Feeding and swallowing issues
Fluency disorders (stuttering)
Hearing loss--suspected and confirmed
Language disorders (expressive, pragmatic/social, receptive)
Orofacial myofunctional disorders
Pediatric head trauma or neurological injuries
Resonance and those associated with cleft palate or velopharyngeal dysfunction
Due to limited staff resources, Children’s Mercy is unable to provide the following services at this time:
- Language therapy for children older than 8—contact your child’s school for assistance
- Evaluations for Auditory Processing Disorder
- Vestibular evaluations