Children’s hearing

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 regard 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.

Ear protection

We provide and encourage the use of swim plugs to cut down on the number of ear infections the child suffers with, whilst keeping them swimming at a time when swimming is an important life skill to master.

We also offer advice on noise and ear protection, particularly critical for teenagers and young adults who are exposing their hearing to extensive MP3 use, live music and especially playing instruments such as electric guitars and drums. In addition to ear protection we can supply custom-made ear phones for MP3 use. A pair of good-fitting earphones allow the loudness levels to be set much lower, as no sound is able to escape, whilst providing greater comfort.


Does your Child need a Hearing Assessment


Causes of Hearing Loss in Children


The Aston Hearing Child Hearing Assessment


Equipment used in our Child Hearing Tests