Paediatric Hearing Tests
Hearing plays a critical role in your child’s overall development. Early detection of hearing loss through audiological assessment followed by:
- Prompt management and monitoring.
- Identification of potentially reversible causes or other underlying problems.
Are essential for the development of normal language and psychosocial functioning.
Types of Hearing Loss
There are three main types of hearing loss; Conductive, Sensorineural and Mixed.
1. Conductive hearing loss
The most common type of hearing loss in the paediatric population. It typically occurs due to a problem transmitting sounds at the level of the external or middle ear. The major cause of conductive hearing loss in children is otitis media with effusion (glue ear).
Otitis media with effusion (OME) is a collection of non-infected fluid in the middle ear space. This fluid may accumulate in the middle ear as a result of a cold, sore throat or upper respiratory infection.
OME is usually self-limited, which means, the fluid usually resolves on its own within 4 to 6 weeks. However, in some instances the fluid may persist for a longer period of time and cause a temporary decrease in hearing or the fluid may become infected (acute otitis media)
While signs of OME can vary from child to child and change in intensity, common symptoms include:
• Hearing difficulties
• Tugging or pulling at one or both ears
• Loss of balance
• Delayed speech development
The Audiologists will identify, monitor and refer onwards to an ENT consultant (if necessary).
2. Sensorineural hearing loss
Permanent hearing loss which results from a disruption of the auditory pathway at any point from the cochlea of the inner ear through to the brainstem.
The most common causes of SNHL include- Genetic factors, meningitis, ototoxic medication.
3.Mixed hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss occurs when there are both conductive and sensorineural components
Some indicators of hearing loss can include:
- Concerns with speech and language development.
- Not responding when called.
- Difficultly identifying which direction a sound comes from.
- Family history of hearing difficulties.
- Pulling / tugging at ears.
- Loss of Balance.
- Wanting the television or radio louder than usual.
- Misunderstanding directions.
Please call 01 6978470 & a member of our team will book your child in for an assessment with an Audiologist.
A member of our team will call you a 1-2 days before the test to ask you a few short Covid 19 screening questions. The time & location of the test is also confirmed.
What happens on the day of the test?
There are a number of tests that the Audiologists will perform in order to determine the cause and degree of your child’s hearing. A mixture of objective and subjective tests will be used. The age of the child and stage of development will be taken into account when determining the most appropriate test to carry out.
Ear, Nose and Throat Referral
Our Audiologists will determine if an onward referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist is required. We work with several ENT consultants across Ireland.
Booking An Appointment
Please call 01 6978470 & one of our team will book your child in for an assessment with an Audiologist.
If you have an questions about paediatric hearing assessment please do not hesitate to contact us.