Hearing Tests For Kids

Hearing Tests & Aids for Kids

We have a broad profile of hearing tests and aids available that are suitable for children. Our friendly team can assist you throughout the process towards better hearing!

Hearing Tests For Kids

Hearing Tests for Kids are conducted with a Pediatric Audiologist. The Pediatric Audiologist is a professional and will follow a code of conduct when they are a member of Audiology Australia, one of the three Practitioner Professional Body (PPB) in Australia. The test procedure for kids may differ from adults depending on the age.

The “Art Of Hearing” Pediatric Audiologists, can conduct hearing assessments on children from 6 months and up. The reason the service above is applied only on children 6 months and up is that most of the time, a newborn child would have already conducted a hearing test early in their life, the parents would have been referred to a Pediatric Audiologist, if there were any issues in the newborn child’s hearing.

Hearing Tests For Children

Hearing Tests for children are conducted in clinics around Perth. First, one would need to schedule an appointment with a pediatric audiologist.

Also, did you know that research suggests that 2% to 5% of Australian children have Central Auditory Processing Disorder(CAPD)? An audiologist with CAPD expertise could provide treatment and support for kids with this condition. Early detection and treatment would be a boon to minimise the effects of CAPD.

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.

To book Child Hearing Tests for your loved ones, visit the Art of Hearing online at https://www.artofhearing.com.au or dial (08) 9390 8811. Art of Hearing Clinics conveniently located around Perth are found here https://www.artofhearing.com.au/locations/.

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Tympanometry

This test measures the movement of your eardrum in response to air pressure. It can determine if there is a buildup of fluid, wax buildup, eardrum perforations or tumors.

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Acoustic Reflex Testing

This test measures involuntary muscle contractions of the middle ear and is used to determine the location of your hearing problem (the ossicles, cochlea, auditory nerve, etc.) as well as the type of hearing loss.

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Pure Tone Testing

This type of test uses air conduction to measure your ability to hear sounds at various pitches and volumes. You will be asked to wear headphones and sit in a specially designed booth. A series of sounds will be broadcast through the headphones. Every time you hear a tone you will be instructed to raise your hand or press a button. The results will then be charted on an audiogram.

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Bone Conduction Testing

This is another type of pure-tone test that measures your inner ear’s response to sound. A conductor will be placed behind your ear; it will send tiny vibrations through the bone directly to the inner ear. This is different than the traditional version, which uses air to send audible sounds. If the results of this test are different than the pure-tone audiometry, your audiologist can use this information to determine your type of hearing loss.

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Speech Testing

This type of testing is used to measure your speech reception threshold (SRT), or the faintest speech you can understand 50 percent of the time. It is administered in either a quiet or noisy environment and measures your ability to separate speech from background noise.

Hearing & Audiology Test Referrals

Referrals for Hearing Tests

At Art of Hearing, we work closely with GPs, ENT Surgeons to provide the best information and advice for patients. If you require a test, please get a referral from your treating GP today.

Occupational Health & WorkCover

Art of Hearing is a certified Work Cover provider. We also provide hearing tests for the Occupational Health settings in industries and work environments. Enquire today for further information.

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