Our state of the art equipment allows us to assess children’s hearing from 10 months of age in a child friendly environment. Our experienced paediatric audiologists, Duncan and Paula, have adapted a series of assessments to suit children of all ages and have also successfully used the same techniques in testing adults with learning disabilities.
As a practice, we strongly believe in pro-active action with regards to children’s hearing problems. Otitis media, (glue ear), the most common cause of temporary hearing problems in children, usually occurs during a time when good hearing is essential for speech and language development. If the hearing at this critical stage of development is impaired it can lead to future problems at school with speech and attention difficulties, but with careful management and awareness the effects are minimised.
We work closely with hospital ENT departments in referring children for potential grommet operations. We can also work with parents and schools to improve communication tactics during periods of poor hearing, this can include the loan of small hearing aids or listening devices, which can be used easily in the classroom.