Children's hearing services

Our team of professional audiologists and clinical scientists see children from birth to 16 years of age for the assessment and management of hearing loss.

Children are often referred to our department by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist or by the community audiology team, who are usually the first point of contact for children referred by their GP/health visitor/school nurse for a hearing assessment. Babies who have failed the initial tests for their newborn hearing screen may also be referred to our department for more in-depth testing and management.

We will initially assess your child’s hearing using one or more of the tests outlined in the ‘Hearing assessment’ section. The results of the hearing assessment will determine what happens next and will be explained to you on the day of your visit.

If your child is diagnosed with a hearing loss and it is considered appropriate, they may be offered a hearing aid(s). For children with profound hearing losses, we may offer a referral to the cochlear implant centre for a cochlear implant assessment.