Pediatric Otolaryngology

pediatric otolaryngology

Easing Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

Along with looking for ear, nose and throat issues, your Virtua doctor will evaluate your child to be sure there aren’t other issues such as allergies or improper nerve function causing your child’s problems.

If your child needs a surgical solution, our board-certified ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeons specialize in minimally invasive procedures like adenoid or tonsil removal, placement of ear tubes or repair of the eardrum, as well as endoscopic sinus surgery.ENT surgeons may also remove the parathyroid, pituitary or thyroid glands.

For kids who have difficulty with speech, language, or swallowing, the Virtua in Motion physical therapy and rehabilitation program provides certified speech pathologists who can help evaluate your child's specific challenges, answer all your questions, and craft a comprehensive plan to address your child’s needs.

Virtua in Motion also offers audiology services. Clinically experienced and licensed therapists provide comprehensive hearing services to all ages including:

  • Hearing tests
  • Hearing-aid dispensing and repairs
  • Tinnitus counseling
  • Maskers, used to treat tinnitus

In addition, the audiology department is approved to perform advanced tests on children from birth to 3 years old including:

  • High-frequency probe tone tympanometry
  • Auditory brain-stem response testing
The auditory brain stem response test detects Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). Children with CAPD do not hear correctly because of the way their brains interpret what they hear. Because symptoms of CAPD often mimic other childhood disorders, it's often mistaken for learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and depression. Through this special testing, Virtua audiologists are able to correctly diagnose CAPD. Once diagnosed, children work with a speech pathologist to alleviate some of the problems associated with CAPD. 

For infants and very young children who experience developmental delays due to hearing and speech difficulties, Virtua provides a coordinated team of specialists through our Early Intervention Program (EIP). Physical, speech and occupational therapists as well as social workers are available to help children from birth to 3 years to get back on track with an individual treatment plan.

For more information about Virtua's pediatric program,
call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).

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