Hearing Tests For Children
Hearing Tests for children are conducted in clinics around Perth. First, one would need to schedule an appointment with a paediatric audiologist.
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Child Hearing Tests
For toddlers, Play Audiometry or Visual Reinforcement Audiometry are used. Play Audiometry tests are run with an electric machine that sends sounds of different volumes and pitches into the child’s ears via headphones. Depending on the toddler’s age, a small game might be played, where the toddler reacts with an interaction, with the toy, to the sound being played. Visual reinforcement audiometry relies on the child being trained to look towards a sound source and on correct identification of sound source a reward will be given, usually a toy.
For older children at least 3 years of age, two additional tests are available, inclusive of the previous tests for toddlers, which are pure tone audiometry and tympanometry. Pure tone audiometry is conducted by playing pure tones and requesting the child to respond in some way to the tone heard. Tympanometry also known as impedance audiometry, is a test done to help find out how the middle ear is functioning.