Routine hearing tests are recommended for children of all ages.
In Australia, we are lucky to have free hearing tests conducted on all newborn, testing which will pick up any hearing issues present at birth.
However, as your child grows their ability to hear can change quickly.
Early intervention is the key to ensuring the least amount of ongoing developmental issues for children with hearing loss. But hearing loss can develop at any stage, so what can we as parents do? The best thing is to be vigilant for any signs of hearing loss.
From 4-8 months you should start to see responses like:
If they seem to hear some sounds and not others; or respond to noises that make vibrations but not others, you should keep a closer eye on their hearing development.
From there until about 12 months old you should start to see the following behaviours:
As your children get older keep an eye on the following behaviours:
Always seek professional assistance if your child appears to have hearing difficulties
Clarity offers hearing tests for children 6 months to 3 years and 3 years plus.
Additionally, we also offer school readiness hearing screens for children starting school and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) screens for school students aged 7 and above.
A full, comprehensive CAPD test battery is also available.
Our full diagnostic paediatric audiological test for children under 3 includes:
Our full diagnostic paediatric audiological test for children 3 years and over includes:
Clarity also offer two screens, which are shorter tests than our comprehensive assessments, but they will indicate if anything is of concern and warrants further investigation.
Clarity offers a School Readiness Hearing Screen and a CAPD Screen, or the two can be combined. These are more like a regular check-up to ensure anything of concern is caught and acted upon as soon as possible.
If you or your child’s teachers have any concern about hearing loss, contact Clarity today for hearing advice you can trust.
Request an appointment or a call-back using the button below or call 1300 252 748.
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