Orange County Public Schools
Kaley Elementary School
1600 E. Kaley Street
Orlando, FL 32806
( 407) 897.6421 Phone
(407) 897.6450 Fax
The Orange County Public Schools Audiology Department is comprised of audiologists and hearing screeners responsible for a comprehensive hearing screening, audiological evaluation, and hearing management program. This program is available to children throughout Orange County.
The services provided by the Audiology Department include:
hearing screening in the elementary, middle, and high schools
hearing aid/FM selection, fitting, and management
case management of hearing impaired students in the OCPS Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
Those eligible for services include:
students enrolled in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
students referred by the Hearing Screening Program
infants, pre-school, and school-aged children residing in Orange County referred by area professionals
children referred by the Early Intervention Services Program
children referred by First Start Head Start, FDLRS, and other agencies
Audiologists are hearing healthcare professionals, who hold a master's or doctoral degree in Audiology. They specialize in the prevention, identification, and assessment of hearing disorders. OCPS audiologists:
test and diagnose hearing disorders in infants and children
prescribe hearing aids/assisted listening devices and instruct people in their use
coordinate the Hearing Screening Program
assist in program placement of hearing impaired students
counsel families about the effects of hearing loss
participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
provide training to staff members working with hearing impaired students
TYPES OF HEARING LOSSES
A conductive hearing loss results when sound cannot be conducted efficiently through the outer and/or middle ear. This causes a decrease in the loudness of sounds heard. A sensorineural hearing loss results when either the inner ear or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain are damaged. This usually causes both a reduction in the loudness of sounds and a decrease in speech understanding. A mixed hearing loss results when an individual has both a conductive and a sensorineural hearing loss.
WHY is hearing so important?
Hearing is necessary for proper speech development. As a baby hears sounds and words, the foundation for speech and language is laid. This learning begins at birth.
WHO can develop a hearing problem?
Any child can be born with a hearing problem or can develop one at any age. Some infants are more likely to have a hearing problem and are considered "at risk" for hearing loss. These children should have their hearing tested as soon after birth as possible.
WHEN can I have my child's hearing evaluated?
A child's hearing can be checked as soon as one day after birth, so don't "wait and see". If you suspect your child has a problem hearing, contact your child's physician or an audiologist immediately.
WHAT can be done if my child has a hearing loss?
There are many ways to help a hearing impaired child develop speech and language. After evaluation,an individualized treatment program will be developed by your child's audiologist and other professionals.