Hearing Tests For Kids
Hearing Tests & Aids for Kids
Hearing Tests 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 are conducted by a trained Audiologist at the Art of Hearing. The test procedure for kids may differ from adults depending on the age.
The “Art Of Hearing” 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 an Audiologist, if there were any issues in the newborn child’s hearing.
Free Online Hearing Test
Hearing loss can be gradual, and often undetectable, as your brain adjusts to the level of hearing. This simple and free online hearing test can determine your base hearing capacity. Please note: this test is just a screening tool. If you have concerns, we suggest booking an appointment with our team for a comprehensive in-person hearing test.
Hearing Tests For Children
Hearing Tests for children are conducted in our facilitated clinics around Perth. First, one would need to schedule an appointment with a our audiologist. All paediatric assessments are prebooked with our audiologists, so please call (08) 9390 8811 to speak to our lovely reception team.
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.
How We Perform 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.
Types of Hearing Tests at Art of Hearing
Tympanometry – This test is used to measure the movement of your eardrum in response to differences in air pressure. If you are having issues with your hearing, this will determine if there is a fluid or wax build up, or if your eardrum is perforated or has a tumor.
Acoustic Reflex Testing – To find the source of a hearing problem, as well as the type of hearing loss, this test is used to measure the involuntary muscle contractions of the middle ear, a key tool in detecting whether there is decreased admittance, which is a measure of how much sound gets into the ear.
Pure Tone Testing – Using air conduction, your ability to hear sounds at various pitches and volumes will be tested and the results will be charted on an audiogram. You will sit in a specially designed booth, and wear headphones. Every time you hear a sound, you will be instructed to press a button or raise a hand.
Bone Conduction Testing – This is another type of pure-tone testing that can help determine your type of hearing loss by measuring your inner ear’s response to sound. A conductor will be placed behind your ear, sending tiny vibrations through the bone directly to the inner ear. This differs from the traditional testing, which makes use of air to send audible sounds.
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 Tests & Audiology Assessments
We have a broad profile of hearing tests available for patients. Our state of art equipment and facilities enable us to perform advanced testing.
Our Audiology Clinic Locations
With Over 5 Clinics in Perth, it has never been easier to make Art of Hearing your favourite destination for all your hearing needs.
(08) 9390 8811
Head Office: 2/2 Ecko Road, Mount Nasura WA 6112
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM