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Hearing plays a vital role in a child's development and ability to communicate, so no child is too young to be tested or treated for hearing loss. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals' Audiology program provides comprehensive services for infants and children with or at risk of hearing loss and those who demonstrate speech and language delays.

We offer state-of-the art hearing tests for children of all ages and evaluations for possible treatment with hearing aids, cochlear implants and other amplification devices. Our audiology specialists work closely with speech and language pathologists and developmental specialists to help kids achieve their fullest hearing and communication potential. UCSF's Cochlear Implant Program located in Oakland has been one of the leading pediatric audiology services in Northern California since 1991.

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Audiology Clinic

Audiology Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Brentwood / Redwood City / Walnut Creek

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Cochlear Implant Center

Cochlear Implant Center

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

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  • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

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Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

Family Amenities

Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


Social Services

Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


Activity Rooms

Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


Art Therapy

Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


Music Therapy Program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


School Program

Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


School Re-Entry Program

We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


Individual Playtime & Instruction

If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

Family Resource Center

We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


Parent Support Program

Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


Patient Relations

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


International Services

If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

Learning never stops

Our classroom and bedside classes help kids get credit and keep learning during treatment.

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