Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program: Congenital hearing loss is the most frequent anomaly (difference) at birth, and without any screening it will go undetected until much later on. In 1994, with the support of neonatologists, the Audiology Department started to systematically screen the hearing of babies that were hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This program was a success and in 2009, with the financial support of the MCH and RVH foundations, the MUHC started offering newborn hearing screening to all NICU babies and babies from the Well Baby Nursery. Our audiologists are responsible for training a dedicated screener and to follow up with all children that do not pass the screening test. With the help of our Information Systems Department, a sophisticated database was created that enables us to maintain a high standard quality control.
Trauma Program: Since 1995, the audiology department has been involved in the MCH Trauma program. The audiologist on the team evaluates the hearing of all children that have sustained a head injury when the hearing is at risk, and participates in weekly interdisciplinary team meetings and prevention activities.
Cranio-facial and Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic: One of our audiologists has been involved in developing family-centered and timely mannered hearing assessments and intervention to children with cleft lips and palates. These children are at risk of experiencing permanent or temporary hearing loss due to cranio-facial malformations. All children are tested from birth and are followed throughout the years to ascertain that their hearing status is always optimized.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Program: The Montreal Children’s Hospital Audiology Department was one of the first in Quebec to evaluate and fit children with this specialized hearing device. MCH ENT specialists and plastic surgeons from the Shriner’s Hospital refer patients who might benefit from this hearing aid to the program for evaluation of their candidacy, counseling and fitting of the external hearing device.