Children’s Hearing Services
Hearing difficulties can happen at any age. In some cases, a child’s hearing can change gradually, often without anyone noticing. Children with hearing issues can experience speech and language delays, educational difficulties, behavioural problems and often require increased support.
Signs of hearing loss in children
- Parent, carer or teacher has concerns around hearing
- Speech or language delay or differences when compared to siblings
- The child says “what?” or “huh?” quite often
- They have trouble understanding speech or following directions when there is background noise
- They are often tired after spending the day at school or child care
- The volume is turned up on the TV or other devices compared to rest of family
- Not reacting to loud sounds
- Having attention or behavioral problems
- Experiencing academic difficulties
- Unable to determine where sounds are coming from
- They have difficulty hearing in one or both ears when they’re on the phone
Hearing tests for children
We are specialists in children’s hearing. Our trained audiologists offer a full range of children’s hearing tests for new-borns through to toddlers and school-age children. Hearing tests are available at our Ashgrove, Varsity Lakes, Nambour, and Townsville clinics.
- Hearing tests for children from birth
Tests include Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) for children from one month old, Visual Reinforcement Orientation Audiometry (VROA) for children six to nine months old, Play Audiometry for children aged three to years old and those over five years old can undertake an adult style hearing test.
Tympanometry is part of the hearing test battery and provides information on how the ear is functioning by looking at ear drum movement.
- Cochlear implant MAPping and device management
- Functional listening assessments, which look at how a child is using their cochlear implant or hearing aids
- Assistive listening devices
- SoundField systems and classroom acoustics
- Custom swim plugs
Implantable hearing devices
We also work with children and young adults who wear implantable devices such as a cochlear implant or bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) in our Hearing Implant program. We support them during their hearing journey into young adulthood and beyond.
- Pre-implant candidacy assessments
- Post-implant support for device programming
- Functional listening assessments
- Troubleshooting support for any device issues
- Fitting of remote microphone systems or other assistive technologies