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What will happen when you bring your child for a hearing test?

A hearing assessment usually takes about 15 minutes. The type of test we use depends upon the age of the child being tested.

Approximately 7 months to 2 years

A distraction test is used. A specific range of sounds is made behind the child who is at the same time being distracted with toys.

Approximately 2 years to 3 years

A McCormick toy test is used in which a child is asked to identify toys with similar sounding names in a play environment, for example key/tree, cup/duck, man/lamb.

Approximately 3 to 4 years Performance Test

Freefield warble sounds are presented from behind the child, on either side. The child is trained to put 'a man in a boat' every time they hear the sound.

4 years upwards

A pure tone audiogram is used with older children. The child being tested is asked to listen to tones of different frequencies through earphones and to respond each time a tone is heard.

Oto – Acoustic Emission Test -This doesn't rely on a child's responses.

This can be performed children of any age providing they are still. A probe is fitted into the ear and a sound response obtained from sensory activity in the ear.

A child of any age may be offered a tympanogram. This tests for fluid build-up in the middle ear, which can sometimes lead to 'glue ear''.