The Mississippi Assistance Center for Hearing Loss (MACHL) is dedicated to providing comprehensive audiologic assessments for children of all ages free of charge. Striving to provide both objective and behavioral information regarding a child’s auditory development, the following audiometric testing is available:
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)
- Unsedated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
- Visual Reinforced Audiometry (VRA)
- Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)
Hearing Aid Services
In addition to audiologic assessments, MACHL offers hearing aid services for a variety of manufacturers including Oticon, Phonak, Unitron, Starkey, and GN Resound. We accept most Medicaid insurances for hearing aid reimbursement.
Hearing Aid Services provided include:
- Hearing aid selection, fitting, and repairs
- Loaner hearing aids
- Custom earmolds
- FM systems and other assistive listening devices
Cochlear Implant Services
MACHL offers some cochlear implant services, including testing for those considering an implant, and mapping for current cochlear implant users. We can help coordinate with outside providers for cochlear implant needs that cannot be met at our facility.
Cochlear implant services provided at MACHL include:
- Consultation and assessment for those considering cochlear implants.
- Mapping, repairs, and maintenance for Nucleus (Cochlear Corporation) and Med-el products.
Family Support Services
Hearing loss is one of the most common birth disorders affecting 1-3 in every 1000 live births. Early detection and intervention is key to your child’s overall development. In fact, early detection of hearing loss is deemed so important that in 1998, legislation mandated newborn hearing screenings be conducted by all birthing hospitals. If a child refers for further testing, it is critical that an audiologist conducts a diagnostic audiologic evaluation by three months of age. If hearing loss is identified, intervention should be provided by six months.
Having a child with hearing loss is a journey, which often begins at birth. Because more than 90% of deaf children are born to normal hearing parents, you may have little to no experience with hearing loss, communication options, hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc. The SKI*HI Early Intervention Program at the Mississippi School for the Deaf provides early intervention services on a statewide basis to families of deaf and hard of hearing children ages birth to 3 years. SKI*HI early interventionists partner with parents to provide information, support, and help parents become active partner in the educational development of their child. For more information regarding this program, please visit:
For more information regarding MACHL’s audiologic services or to schedule an appointment, please contact our school audiologist, Dr. Ashley Grillis, at 601-984-8051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.