While modern medicine has made tremendous strides in improving the quality of hearing for children and adolescents, we’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to understanding hearing as well as how children learn language and speech.
At Florida Hospital for Children, we are at the forefront of research in this important area. Our experts know first hand the importance of early identification and intervention of hearing problems and that this is essential to proper development.
While today’s implants have had a tremendous impact on pediatric audiology, allowing thousands of children to hear and learn, there is still so much to learn. We are deeply involved in the advanced research efforts regarding bionics that hold the promise to not only improve the effectiveness and quality of today’s devices, but perhaps hold the key to allowing children with hearing issues to hear almost as well as those who have use of all their senses.
The seemingly endless combinations of acoustic and electric stimulation offer researchers great challenges but also great opportunities. This includes the ability to offer our small patients the ability to hear. We also hope these advances will allow us to help even more children hear through improvements in hearing nerve function and how the brain processes sounds.
The doctors and researchers at the hospital are excited about what the future holds for our many small patients who have hearing problems.