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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 have a positive impact on every aspect of your child’s life and increase overall happiness and well-being dramatically.
Subtle stresses and tones may be missed or misinterpreted. This can lead to confusion in word naming categorisation and high-level language skills (e.g. humour or multiple meanings).
Soft ‘filler words’ such as conjunctions (and, or), prepositions (on, above), & articles (a, the) may be missed. This may lead to difficulty in identifying relationships between words & consolidating correct knowledge of the grammatical structure of sentences.
A hearing test is vital for any child attending school or speech therapy.
Before any hearing test, your Attune audiologist will start by asking some general questions about your child’s health, development and well-being to gain a holistic understanding of their current hearing capabilities and their overall health.
Age: 8 months – 3.5 years (An infant needs to be able to turn their head independently)
VROA is designed to capture the attention of little ones while conducting a hearing assessment using an engaging and non-invasive technique.
Your child responds to sounds presented through a loudspeaker and is rewarded with a puppet show and lights.
Age: 7 years and above
(C)APD testing is often recommended for children who may be experiencing learning difficulties in the classroom. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), children with (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder (C)APD often experience difficulties understanding and interpreting auditory information, even though there is no physical hearing loss.
Dysfunction or deficit within the system often presents as:
(C)APD can affect both adults and children. Its impact is often more prominent during the school years as (C)APD can affect academic performance.
The (Central) Auditory Processing system is complex and includes a number of specific auditory skills to help us ‘understand’ what we ‘hear’. The test battery assesses these skills and, therefore, the integrity of the auditory processing system.
(Central) Auditory Processing skills include:
Age: 6-7 years and above
Hearing Test – Your child listens to sounds that are played through headphones and are 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.
Age: 3.5 – 5 years
Hearing Test – Your child listens to sounds that are played through headphones and are 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