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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.

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.

Meet the team

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:
 

Clinical Services

Audiology


Evaluation

When doing a hearing evaluation, an audiologist picks different tests for each child based on age and developmental level. These tests may include:

  • Sound-booth evaluations

  • Otoacoustic emission testing

  • Auditory brainstem response

  • Sedated ABR

  • Sleep deprived ABR

  • Play conditioned audiometry

Services Provided

Speech and language


Evaluation

Speech-language pathologists at the Hearing and Speech Clinic do many evaluations, including:

  • Speech and language evaluation (an audiologist also does a hearing evaluation at this time)

  • Chronic cough/paradoxic vocal cord dysfunction evaluation

  • Reading/dyslexia evaluation

Services Provided

  • Speech Evaluations

  • Speech Therapy

Conditions

  • Academic language disorders

  • Apraxia of speech

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

  • Cognitive disorders

  • Developmental delay

  • Dyslexia

  • Fluency disorders (stuttering)

  • Hearing loss--suspected and confirmed

  • Language disorders (expressive, pragmatic, receptive)

  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders

  • Pediatric head trauma or neurological injuries

  • Resonance and those associated with cleft palate or velopharyngeal dysfunction

  • Swallowing

  • Voice disorders

Hearing and speech staff


We have a world-class staff and all audiologists and speech-language pathologists have a master's degree, a doctorate or a Ph.D. in their respective fields. They hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in audiology or speech-language pathology, which is granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Audiology staff


Audiology is a part of science that works with hearing, balance and related problems. Audiologists are health care workers who diagnose, manage and treat hearing problems.

Speech-language pathology staff 


Speech-language pathologists help children develop communication skills and work with problems with speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing and fluency. They are commonly referred to as speech pathologists.