Hearing assessments

hearing assessment

When the child attends their appointment, they are booked into the clinic at reception. The child is then called in with their parent/carer to see the clinician.

As it is important to reduce background noise as much as possible during hearing assessments it is helpful if minimal relatives/carers accompany the child during the test.

Children’s hearing can be assessed in a number of different ways depending on the child’s age and ability. Hearing assessments generally involve sounds being presented to the child. In response to these sounds children may turn to locate the sound or look at a puppet or play a game.

Older children are often required to wear headphones and press a button in response to the sounds. The clinician may look into the child’s ears using an otoscope and perform tympanometry if indicated.

This test involves a soft tip being placed at the edge of the ear canal and a small amount of pressure is applied to the ear drum.

Results of the hearing assessment are explained and a decision is made about the next step. This may be discharge from the department, a review appointment arranged or referral onto another department for example Ear, Nose and Throat clinic.

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