A child displaying signs of a hearing difficulty, or loss, is particularly worrying for parents.
If you cannot communicate properly with your child, how are you to know what he/she is feeling or thinking?
If you are concerned that your child may have hearing difficulty or loss, you need to investigate. The best option is to book a hearing assessment for your child, with a paediatric diagnostic audiologist.
International studies prove that early detection of hearing loss will result in improved academic and social outcomes for children and their families.
How do I know if my child needs a hearing test?
If your child presents one or more of the following symptoms, he/she may have difficulty hearing:
You have to raise your voice to catch the child’s attention.
Frequent ear infections.
Failure to startle at loud noises.
Delayed speech and language development.
He/she does not always respond when called.
Displays inattentive or withdrawn behaviour at school.
Repeatedly asks for things to be repeated.
Consistently turns one ear towards the source of noise.
Appears to have selective hearing, for example not responding when his/her name is called.
Child may appear to be clumsy as ear condition can cause balance problems.
Turning the volume up louder than usual on devices.
It is important to ensure that you are bringing your child to a trusted testing centre with top-of-the-range facilities. Not only will this make the experience easy on your little one, but you can also rest assured that you are getting the most efficient consultation. When choosing a paediatric audiologist, consider the following:
Do they offer the latest in treating technology and equipment?
Are they qualified in paediatric audiology?
Can they offer a child-friendly environment for testing?
Many companies offer paediatric hearing tests and care, but Audiology Medical Services is the only audiology company in Ireland to offer state-of-the-art multi-sensory booths for children. Purpose-built for paediatric hearing testing (unlike other centres, which use adult versions ), these booths provide the most accurate assessment possible.
For information, or to book an assessment, visit www.audiologymedicalservices.ie or phone 1800 501 501.