No Charge to Families
- Serves 31 member districts in Lake County
- Requires action request from member district
- 6 licensed Audiologists on staff
- Locations in Gages Lake and Vernon Hills
Hearing problems are common among children. Two to three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing, and more lose their hearing later during childhood. (NIH Fact Sheet)
Research has indicated that even a very mild hearing loss or fluctuating hearing can interfere with a child’s ability to learn. A variety of audiological diagnostic services are provided through SEDOL Audiology for children in our 31 Cooperative Member Districts at no direct cost to the child’s family.
SEDOL Audiology is a cooperative agreement between 31 member districts in Lake County, IL. Children in this area are eligible for a hearing evaluation from birth through graduation from high school, or their 22nd birthday, if enrolled in a self-contained special education program.
Test Booth Locations
- SEDOL – Gages Lake
- Powers Center – Vernon Hills
FM/DM Assistive Technology Program
- Comprehensive audiological assessments, including screening, evaluation, and consultation for auditory processing disorders.
- Parent guidance and counseling, including referrals for medical, educational, and speech-language pathology services.
- Otologic-Audiologic Clinic (OAC) and Audiological Review Services.
- Outpatient newborn hearing screenings, including coordination of diagnostic assessment if needed.
- Selection, recommendation, monitoring, and maintenance of hearing aids, FM systems, and other auditory assistive technology.
- Loaner library of personal hearing aids, cochlear implant accessories, and FM systems for diagnostic purposes and for loan during periods of equipment repair.
- Comprehensive cochlear implant management program for students in both self-contained and regular education settings.
- Case management services for educational follow-up, including referral for initial educational evaluation. Educational Audiological Review (EAR) Team monitoring, participation in IEP conferences, team meetings, annual reviews, and teacher consultation.
Cochlear Implant Program
- Provision of FM/DM technology to students to insure optimal auditory access in the educational setting.
- Coordination and maintenance of member school district and SEDOL FM/DM inventories.
- Candidates for FM/DM technology participate in diagnostic trials, supported by team members, including the student's SEDOL audiologist, classroom, and hearing itinerant teachers and parents.
- Provision of follow-up care, performance evaluation, and troubleshooting of all cochlear implant processors.
- Evaluation, recommendation, and troubleshooting of FM/DM systems for students with cochlear implants.
- Screening and counseling of candidates for cochlear implantation.
- Close communication with cochlear implant centers to provide our students with coordinated care.
Eligibility for Referral
- Birth to 3 years: Parent initiates call to SEDOL Audiology Services. Children birth to 3 years of age can be served if the child lives in a member district and is not receiving any services through the Illinois Early Intervention Program.
- 3 to 21 years: Parent should contact their district of residence Special Education Coordinator. An Action Request for services must be initiated by the school district.
- Any child who has failed school hearing screening procedures.
- Parent/physician request.
- Concerns about hearing loss, high risk factors for hearing loss, recurrent middle ear pathology, academic progress, and/or speech/language development.
- Newly enrolled students with previously identified hearing loss.