Does your Child need a Hearing Assessment

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Hearing Testing for Newborns

Children’s Hearing

Most health authorities are screening newborn babies’ hearing as a matter of course, days after birth. The screening is usually carried out by the Health Visitor or trained screener using an instrument that measures the “echoes” produced when a hearing system is working correctly. This test is very quick, completely painless and very accurate. This assessment is very much a screening procedure and if the baby fails, then the test is repeated on another occasion. Failing a second screening does not indicate hearing loss, it just warrants further investigation. Follow up diagnostic hearing tests are generally held in the Audiology department of the hospital.

Health Visitor Hearing Check

Children’s Hearing

Following the newborn screening, the next time your child’s hearing may be officially considered is by a Health Visitor at clinic appointments at various stages during your child’s development.  Once the child is of school age, health screening is often undertaken which may include basic hearing screening, but it is worth checking with the individual school to clarify their policy.

Keeping an Eye on your Child’s Hearing

Children’s Hearing

Certain behaviours may indicate a hearing problem, for example if a child is unusually withdrawn or conversely noisy and attention-seeking. These two extremes depend upon the personality of the child, but both can be indicative of a degree of hearing loss, which may compromise their ability to interact in a group setting. Hearing loss can sometimes be missed and a child’s behaviour linked more to behavioural and educational conditions such as Speech Delay, Dyslexia, Asperger Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Hearing difficulties may be indicated by:-

Children’s Hearing

  • Your child is inconsistently responding to sound
  • Language and speech development are delayed
  • Speech is unclear
  • Sound is turned up on electronic equipment (Radio, TV, CD Player, etc.)
  • Your child does not follow directions
  • Your child often says “Huh?”
  • Your child does not respond when called
  • Behavioural problems in early years

If your child shows any of these signs it does not necessarily prove that they have a hearing problem, and even if they have, it is unlikely to be permanent. However, it may be worth following up with a simple assessment, either via the GP surgery, who will organise a referral to the audiology department at the hospital, or you can arrange a private assessment of your child’s hearing at Aston Hearing.

CHILDREN’S HEARING

Does your Child need a Hearing Assessment

CHILDREN’S HEARING

Causes of Hearing Loss in Children

CHILDREN’S HEARING

The Aston Hearing Child Hearing Assessment

CHILDREN’S HEARING

Equipment used in our Child Hearing Tests