Pastel colored blocks and drawings of babiesPediatric Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (PEHDI)® Program

For more information on hearing screenings and diagnostic hearing testing or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Audiology Center at (630) 741-4411 or email the Center.

Babies that may need additional hearing testing are those who:

  • Did not pass their initial Newborn Hearing Screening or rescreening, (received a “refer” result)
  • Were in a special care nursery or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) more than 5 days
  • Had high levels of Jaundice/Hyperbilirubinemia requiring transfusions
  • Received mechanical ventilation/ECMO
  • Were diagnosed with a birth condition associated with hearing loss (eg. Cleft palate, white forelock, microcephaly, microtia/atresia)
  • Were diagnosed with a syndrome associated with hearing loss
  • Were given medications that can harm hearing (IV antibiotics, loop diuretics)
  • Had episodes of Asphyxia or Hypoxia (could not get oxygen for a period of time)
  • Had in-utero infections (herpes, rubella, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, CMV, Zika)
  • Had Meningitis, Encephalitis or other infections associated with hearing loss
  • Have a family history of hearing loss or progressive hearing loss
  • Events associated with hearing loss, head trauma, skull fracture or chemotherapy
  • If parents/caregivers have concerns about a child’s hearing
Infant in car seat being given a hearing screening.

Hearing screenings involve no sedation and are performed during natural sleep cycles.

We use a battery of tests to determine if hearing loss is present or not which includes: Tympanometry, Acoustic Reflexes, Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions and Auditory Brainstem Response Testing. No sedation is used to administer the newborn/infant hearing testing — instead, we perform the test during natural sleep cycles.

If a hearing loss is detected our Doctors of Audiology will discuss the results and provide counseling regarding the hearing loss and treatment options.  Our doctors are all providers of Early Intervention services and licensed in the State of Illinois to provide pediatric Audiology Services.

How to prepare for the ABR testing

Patient forms to print, complete, and bring to the ABR appointment

What is a Pediatric Audiologist? 

 
 
 

Waiting For An Online Audiology Appointment? Use the Virtual Waiting Room

 
If your child has been referred to or is in the care of an audiologist and is receiving services through virtual telehealth, families can use the Illinois Hands & Voices Virtual Waiting Room.
 
While waiting to connect with an audiologist through the internet families can “hang out” in the Waiting Room. There, families will find information, resources, and connections as they start or continue the hearing journey with their child.
 
Learn more about next steps when your child is referred for more testing after a hearing screening; a guidebook for parents about audiology and telehealth; information about tele-audiology options, questions to ask your audiologist; how to understand an audiogram, and more.
 
Enter the Virtual Waiting Room here.