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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:
 

 

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.

Locations


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.

Clinical Services

Conditions

  • Academic language disorders

  • Apraxia of speech

  • Articulation

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

  • Cognitive disorders

  • Developmental delay

  • Dyslexia

  • 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

  • Voice disorders

Service limitations


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