Hearing loss and hearing
tests for children  


If you have concerns about your child’s hearing ability,
it is very important to take action immediately. An untreated
hearing problem can slow the development of speech, language
and learning skills. It can also have a profound effect on your
child’s confidence, social skills and progress in the classroom.
Early intervention can be the difference between a life of
silence and a world of sound.



Hearing tests and
services for all ages!


There are a variety of paediatric evaluations available at Attune,
based on your child’s age and maturity level. Hearing tests take
around 30 minutes, are painless, non-invasive and fun!


Name a child who does not like a light or puppet show!


Medicare rebates are available for most diagnostic assessments.
To receive a rebate you must have a GP or ENT referral.



What makes my child at risk?

Certain conditions make a child more susceptible to hearing loss:


•   Frequent ear infections or deafness in the family

•   Prematurity (born too early) or complications at birth, Meningitis or Encephalitis (infection of the brain and/or its coverings)

•   Viral infections during pregnancy eg. Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

•   Exposure to very loud sounds or noises even of brief duration, or trauma



Test Type:  8 months - 3½ yrs old

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry

 

Age    8 months - 3½ yrs (an infant needs to have good neck
   control and be able to turn their head independently).

Hearing Test

   Your child responds to sounds presented through a loud
   speaker and is rewarded with a puppet show and lights.

Speech Discrimination Test

   Your child is asked to identify pictures of words heard
   through a loud speaker.

Middle Ear Test

   Same as Pure Tone Audiogram (See below).

 

 

Test Type:  3½ - 5 years old

Play Audiometry

 

Age    3½ - 5 years

Hearing Test

   Your child listens to sounds that are played through
   headphones and is asked to respond by placing a peg on
   a board or clapping their hands when a sound is heard.

Speech Discrimination Test

   Your child is asked to repeat words or identify pictures
   of words heard through the headphones.

Middle Ear Test

   Same as Pure Tone Audiogram (See below).

 


Test Type: 5-6 years old and above

Pure Tone Audiogram (PTA)

 

Age    5-6 years and above

Hearing Test

   Your child listens to sounds that are played through
   headphones and is asked to respond by pressing
   a button.

Speech Discrimination Test

   Your child is asked to repeat words heard
   through headphones.

Middle Ear Test

   This is an automatic test where a small plug is placed
   in the child’s ear and measures eardrum movement.
   This helps us determine the nature of the hearing loss.

 

 


Milestones for hearing
development in children


Responses found in children with normal hearing:


The first year:

•   0 - 4 months – appears startled by loud noises and settled by mother’s voice

•   4 - 6 months – eyes move towards sounds/facial expressions change to mother’s voice

•   5 - 6 months – begins to make noises and appears to be communicating

•   6 - 9 months – responds when name is called and turns head towards sound

•   9 - 12 months – can copy speech eg. ‘mum’ and ‘dad’



Do you have any 

further questions?

 

Send an Attune Audiologist a message!