Thousands of children are born with congenital hearing loss each year in the United States. The University of Miami Health System Children’s Hearing Program is a unique resource for these children. The family-centered program, part of the UHealth Ear Institute, offers comprehensive services for children from birth to 18 years of age.
One of the primary goals of the Children’s Hearing Program is early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI). Because the critical period for language learning is from birth to age 3, early diagnosis of hearing loss is crucial. Without appropriate opportunities to learn language, children with hearing loss fall behind their hearing peers in language, cognition and social-emotional development.
At the Children’s Hearing Program, a multidisciplinary team, including otologists (ear surgeons), audiologists, speech language pathologists, educators and other healthcare professionals, work together to address the distinct needs of children. They provide services ranging from hearing evaluations, speech therapy, education, research, family support and community outreach.
Why Choose UHealth?
The Department of Otolaryngology ranks No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the department’s dedication to excellence in research, patient care and outcomes. The experts in the UHealth Ear Institute provide comprehensive and innovative care of ear, hearing, and balance disorders. This includes the Children’s Hearing Program and the hereditary deafness clinical and research group, where more than 15 percent of the known genetic hearing loss mutations have been discovered.
World-class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.
Home to the Ear Institute at the University of Miami. The Ear Institute is a global center for all hearing loss conditions, evaluations, and treatments, thanks to the patients who put their trust in us for their continued health care. It is also a primary location for continuing medical education and research by the National Institutes of Health.