• Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)
  • Audiology

    The Texas Children's Hospital Audiology Center provides hearing and audiologic services for infants and children of all ages and developmental levels.
    Services provided include:

    • Newborn hearing screen
    • Comprehensive audiologic evaluations
    • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) evaluation – both sedated and unsedated
    • Auditory steady state response (ASSR) evaluation
    • Hearing aid services
    • Cochlear implant evaluation and mapping

    Risk factors for hearing loss include:

    • Chronic ear disease
    • Family history of childhood hearing loss
    • Hospitalization in a neonatla intensive care unit
    • Memingitis
    • Congenital ear malformations
    • Malformations and tumors of the ear and temporal bone
    • Chemotherapy
    • Speech and language delay

    The Audiology Center is staffed by 12 licensed and certified audiologists, 2 audiology assistants, and 2 registered nurses. All audiologists at Texas Children's Hospital have advanced degrees, have the certificate of clinical competence (CCC) by the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the state of Texas to practice audiology and to fit and dispense hearing aids.

    Referral for evaluation is accepted from the child's physician.


    Chief of ServiceEllen M. Friedman, MD, FAAP, FACS
    PhysiciansBinoy Chandy, MD
    Ellen M. Friedman, MD, FAAP, FACS

    Carla M. Giannoni, MD
    Diedre R. Larrier, MD

    Marcelle Sulek, MD
    Jeffery Vrabec, MD

    Robert Williamson, MD
    AudiologistsCherecce Andrews, AuD, CCC-A
    Peggy Blum, AuD, CCC-A
    Charlotte Tenbrink, MS, CCC-A
    Carolyn Cleary, AuD, CCC-A
    Jennifer Dupre, AuD, CCC-A
    Claudia V. Emery, AuD, CCC-A
    Laura Howe, AuD, CCC-A
    Whitney Hurley, AuD, CCC-A
    Barbara Novak, PhD, CCC-A
    Nancy Schwartz, AuD, CCC-A
    Audiology AssistantsMiroslava Becerra
    Veronica Garza
    NursesCatherine Newsome, RN
    Martha Valdivia, RN
    Practice ManagerPeggy Blum
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