Welcome to the Audiology Division of the Mississippi Assistance Center within the Mississippi School for for the Deaf and the Blind.
Our Audiologist, Dr. Victoria Kivlan, is here to assist your child through a large variety of audiology services offered right here on campus. Dr. Kivlan evaluates and manages hearing loss for children from Birth until adulthood. Older children who are attending college or who have obtained jobs, are encouraged to contact Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) for services.
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:
- Immittance Measures
- Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)
- Visual Reinforced Audiometry (VRA)
- Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)
- Standard Audiometry
Hearing Aid Services
In addition to audiologic assessments, MACHL offers hearing aid services for a variety of manufacturers.
Cochlear Implant Services
Cochlear Implant Services are also offered, including programming, troubleshooting, and testing for those considering a Cochlear Implant. Dr. Kivlan offers unbiased counseling on the 3 FDA approved Cochlear Implant manufacturers to help with the selection processes. She works closely with Implant surgeons locally and in the surrounding areas.
Osseointegrated Device Services
Programming for Cochlear BAHA (Attract, Connect, and Softband) devices is a new service offered through the MACHL by Dr. Kivlan. If your child has an Osseointegrated device other than a Cochlear BAHA, please contact Dr. Kivlan, as arrangements can be made to program your individual device.
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: http://www.msd.k12.ms.us/skihi-early-intervention
For more information regarding MACHL’s audiologic services or to schedule an appointment, please contact our school audiologist, Dr. Victoria Kivlan, at 601-984-8051 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MS School for the Deaf
1253 Eastover Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
Toll Free - 888-MSD-DEAF (888-673-3233)