About the Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing
The Bill Daniels Center for Children's Hearing is a collaborative program of the Audiology, Speech Pathology and Learning Services, and Otolaryngology (ENT) departments at Children's Hospital Colorado. The Bill Daniels Center is led by Kenny Chan, MD and Patricia Yoon, MD.
With generous support from the Daniels Fund Children’s Colorado established the Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing to provide comprehensive, family-centered care for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. In addition to support for programs and services, financial assistance for direct patient care and patient access is available.
Why choose the Bill Daniels Center for the treatment hearing conditions?
The professional team at the Bill Daniels Center provides a multidisciplinary approach for evaluating and treating children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their families. Our team members are pediatric specialists in the fields of audiology, clinical genetics, social work, deaf education, otolaryngology (ENT) and speech-language pathology.
Conditions we treat
We provide comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Audiology services
We provide comprehensive pediatric hearing evaluation services, including behavioral and advanced technology hearing tests. Comprehensive pediatric hearing rehabilitation services include dispensing, fitting, training and on-going management of hearing aids, cochlear implants and assistive listening devices.
- Genetic counseling
Clinical genetic counselors specialize in understanding how hearing loss and other disabilities may be inherited from parents or grandparents. With you and your family, the genetic counselor will review your family’s history of hearing loss and other disabilities and help identify the cause and potential treatment for your child’s hearing loss. Our genetic counselors routinely consult with primary care providers.
- Social work services
Our clinical social workers provide patients and families with resources and educational information and materials, as well as counseling and support through diagnosis and treatment.
We know that as children grow, their needs change. Our social workers are available on an ongoing basis to help with the many changes your child experiences as he/she goes through the stages of childhood and adolescence. Additional social work services include grief counseling, crisis intervention and counseling or referrals for personal/financial issues related to family needs.
- Deaf education
The deaf educator assists in educational planning, consultation and collaboration with families, teachers and school districts. The deaf educator may work with other specialists, such as a speech pathologist and aural habilitation audiologist, to help children and families master the goals in each child’s Individualized Family Service Plan and Treatment Plan. The deaf educator can also help families understand their communication options and school options depending upon the area that they live in.
- Cochlear implant services management
- Pediatric otolaryngology (ENT) services
We provide medical evaluations of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing through our multidisciplinary Hearing Clinic. Services include diagnosis and treatment of childhood deafness (including cochlear implantation and bone-anchored hearing device implantation), otitis media and other diseases of the ear, nose and throat.
- Speech-language services
Children who are deaf and/or hard-of hearing need help in developing speech-language and communication skills. Our speech-language/aural habilitation specialists evaluate each child’s communication needs and abilities and help families understand the various communication choices available for teaching your child, including sign language and auditory/oral approaches. We offer family-centered habilitation in individual or group settings to facilitate development of listening, speech, language, cognitive and social skills.
- Family support and consultation
We offer various support and resource for families, including a library of resources and access to family consultants who have personal experience with deafness.
Patient care assistance fund
The Bill Daniels Center for Children's Hearing may be able to offer funding assistance to families who qualify and are seen for diagnostic outpatient services related to the hearing loss at Children's Hospital Colorado. For more information or to obtain a referral form, please call or email the Bill Daniels Center.