At Audiology Central, we consider ourselves part of our greater Brooklyn family.
Our kids go to school with your kids and our parents socialize with yours. We try to convey that feeling of close-knit family in everything we do because we know that family is the most important for all of us.
As part of our community outreach program we perform hearing screenings in schools all around Brooklyn. School year largely coincides with fluid season, and many children will have decreased hearing ability when their ears are not up to par. Even a slight decrease in hearing, however temporary, can cause difficulties with speech and language development, academic performance, and social problems. It is important to identify a need for follow-up so that our children have no barriers to communication and learning.
In addition to screening for hearing loss, we are now able to perform screenings for Auditory Processing deficits. Auditory processing is what we do with what we hear. Children who have normal hearing and exhibit auditory processing issues frequently function like hearing-impaired kids, especially in less than ideal listening environments, like typical classrooms. They tend to do well one-on-one but "fall apart" whenever there are distractions in the room.
- Delayed responses.
- Asking for repetition.
- Difficulty retaining information.
- Mishearing and confusing words and sounds.
- Needing re-instruction and re-direction in the classroom.
- Poor pragmatics and interactions with others.
- Difficulties making and implementing prolonged plans.
- Difficulties following multi-step directions.
Incidence of APD: 7-10% incidence rate translates to 3-5 million children with APD.
According to Bellis, et al (2015): For 8-9-year-olds, when the lowest 20% of the class is tested, over 50 % of them have an APD issue.
Over the years we have seen many children that attend your schools for the hearing tests and the auditory processing evaluations. We are now able to perform screening for both tests and are available to come to the school or we can schedule a day (Sunday) in our office to perform those free screenings.
If your school is interested in this free service, please contact our office manager, Sofya Shor, to schedule an appointment and discuss the logistics.