Pediatric Hearing

Pediatric hearing services at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center offers comprehensive testing, treatment and support services for children with hearing loss and their families. Our goal is to maximize every child’s hearing potential so that he or she can communicate independently and effectively. 

Pediatric Hearing: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Collaborative, personalized care: We work closely with your child’s pediatrician and other specialists to create a treatment plan that maximizes your child’s hearing potential and quality of life. We also provide referrals to medical and educational specialists. 
  • Educational support: At Vanderbilt, your child can receive the necessary support for learning through our Mama Lere Hearing School, which teaches preschool children with hearing loss to listen, talk and read. 
  • Advanced treatments: Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to innovative research. Your child with have access to the latest treatments available for hearing loss such as assistive listening devices and amplification, which improves hearing and speech and language skills as well as other approaches being developed in research studies. 

Pediatric Hearing: Services We Offer

  • A toddler program and the Mama Lere Hearing School for preschoolers learning spoken language
  • Dual-language services for children with hearing loss who are learning English as a second language
  • Educational transitioning and social work services, including individualized educational plans (IEP)
  • Family support groups and self-advocacy training
  • Intervention for children with auditory processing disorder
  • Parent-infant training for families using spoken language
  • Tele-therapy with families and schools

Pediatric Hearing: Conditions We Treat

  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Learning disability or other learning disorders
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Frequent or recurrent ear infections
  • Hearing loss caused by diseases, syndromes and medications
  • Other hearing loss
  • Speech delay

Pediatric Hearing: Tests We Offer

  • Balance and vestibular testing
  • Behavioral and play testing
  • Educational evaluation
  • Newborn hearing screenings and infant evaluations
  • Pure tone audiometry
  • Tympanometry

Pediatric Hearing: Treatments

  • Amplification, the process of increasing the volume of sound through assistive listening devices
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA)
  • Cochlear implants
  • Frequency modulated (FM) systems
  • Hearing aids
  • Speech-language therapy using techniques such as all types of listening and spoken language, total communication, sign language or cued speech

Pediatric Hearing Locations

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Medical Center East – South Tower, 9thFloor
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Franklin
919 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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Vanderbilt Children’s Audiology 
2200 Children’s Way, 7th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-5000
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