Norton Children’s ENT & Audiology

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The pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) physicians and audiologists with Norton Children’s offer care for children and teens. Our ENT physicians are board-certified specialists in the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, throat, head and neck conditions in children, including ear tube surgery for children. We also offer audiology services. Audiologists are available to provide care and education for children and families related to hearing testing, hearing loss and balance disorders.

When Should Your Child See an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor?

Pediatric ENT doctors, also called otolaryngologists, provide medical and surgical care for ear, nose, throat, head and neck conditions in children. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about whether your child should see an ENT if your child:

  • Has more than four ear infections per year
  • Has a speech delay and ear infections
  • Has fluid in the ears for more than three months
  • Ruptured an ear drum due to an ear infection
  • Has an ear infection that requires multiple antibiotics
  • Has an issue taking antibiotics due to medication allergies for ear infections
  • Has severe diarrhea or nausea and vomiting from ear infection medication
  • Is unable to take oral medications well for ear infections
  • Has sinus infections several times a year
  • Has tonsillitis several times a year
  • Frequently misses school due to sore throats, ear infections or sinus infections
  • Regularly has significant nosebleeds
  • Has a lump or mass on the neck that is growing, discolored or was present at birth

When Should a Child See a Pediatric Audiologist?

Pediatric audiologists help detect and treat hearing loss in children. They are specially trained to work with infants, children and teens. Audiologists use special equipment to administer hearing tests specifically for children.

Since a child may not be able to tell you that he or she is having trouble hearing, parents may want to consider getting their child’s hearing checked if they notice certain symptoms, including:

  • Inattentiveness or poor concentration when others speak at home or school
  • Mispronouncing words
  • Nonresponsive when their name is called
  • Poor school performance
  • The child speaks loudly and listens to TV or music at high volume
  • The child can’t pinpoint where sounds come from

Collaboration with UofL School of Medicine for Your Child’s Care

Our providers offer highly skilled care for your child. Norton Children’s Hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. These doctors are professors and active researchers helping to advance medical care through clinical research and education.

The Norton Children’s Difference

With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes:

  • Norton Children’s Hospital – The region’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital and Louisville’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Norton Children’s Hospital also has one of the largest Level IV (highest level) neonatal intensive care units in the country.
  • Numerous regional outpatient centers and extensive pediatrician and pediatric specialist offices throughout the area.
  • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital – The only women’s hospital in Louisville, providing care dedicated to the needs of women and children.
  • Norton Children’s Medical Center – A unique regional outpatient facility designed “Just for Kids,” bringing pediatric care to northeastern Jefferson County and the surrounding area.

Norton Children’s Offers Specialized Programs and Services, Including:

  • Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center, which is one of the oldest oncology programs continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Norton Children’s heart transplant surgeons performed Kentucky’s first heart transplant in a newborn in 1986, making the hospital the second site in the United States for infant transplants. Norton Children’s Hospital is home to the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
  • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, including a Level 4 epilepsy center
  • Orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation
  • The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center

Verified Level I Children’s Surgery Center

  • Norton Children’s Hospital is verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification (ACS CSV) Quality Improvement Program.
  • The ACS CSV program was developed to improve the quality of children’s surgical care. CSV standards ensure that children needing surgery receive care under a multidisciplinary program with quality improvement and safety processes, data collection and appropriate resources provided to them as patients at the hospital.
  • Our commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and leadership from surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review the hospital’s surgical outcomes. The surgical team seeks continuous improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

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