Hearing Tests For Kids

Hearing Tests For Children

Normal hearing and normal auditory processing abilities enable children to develop their language, communication and social skills.  This allows children to engage with the world around them and promotes educational achievement.  

If you have concerns about your baby or child’s hearing, have them tested by an experienced audiologist.  At DWM Audiology, we offer hearing assessments for all children aged from 9 months.

Hearing From Birth To Kindergarten

A hearing screening test is now included in the routine assessments provided to babies in the first few days of life.  These tests are designed to detect a permanent hearing loss in a child.  A pass in these test results at birth indicates that the child has sufficient hearing for normal speech and language development.

Babies and children are highly susceptible to temporary or fluctuating hearing loss.  A hearing loss in the early years of childhood can have a significant impact on the development of language and social skills.  These skills established in preschool years are the foundation for future learning at school.

Indications that your baby can hear

Newborn to eight weeks

Your baby is startled or widens their eyes at sudden noises nearby or is woken or stirred from sleep by noise

Eight weeks to four months

Your baby is looking towards the direction of sound and they may quieten while listening

Six to 12 months

Your baby is starting to turn their head towards known voices or sounds and is starting to babble

12 to 18 months

Your toddler knows the names of their favourite toys and is beginning to imitate simple words and sounds

18 to 24 months

Your toddler has a small vocabulary of single words and can understand simple directions such as "Give mummy the ball"

Two-and-a-half to 4 years

Your child has clear speech with a good vocabulary

Temporary mild hearing loss in children

There are some common causes of temporary hearing loss in children, including:

  • A build-up of wax in the ear canal
  • Reduced middle ear ventilation due to Eustachian tube blockage, caused by congestion.  The Eustachian tube is a passageway that connects the ear, nose, and throat.  
  • Middle ear fluid
  • Middle ear infection (otitis media)

Hearing in School-Age Children

Hearing difficulties in school-age children are known to have a significant impact on their social, behavioural and academic growth.

Indications of hearing problems in older children include the child:

  • Not responding when called
  • Talking too loudly
  • Watching the television with the volume turned up loudly
  • Pronouncing words incorrectly
  • Appearing inattentive and prone to daydreaming

As well as diagnostic hearing assessments for children, DWM Audiology work closely with you and your child to provide:

  • Educational hearing tests to assess a child’s auditory processing capabilities
  • Abnormal sound intolerance: Hyperacusis and Misophonia evaluation and management


Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

Central Auditory Processing describes the skills used by the brain to extract meaningful information from sound. Efficient processing of auditory information is important for children to be successful in learning and communication. 

A Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) can lead to difficulties with educational achievement, social development and educational well-being. 

CAPD Testing is suitable for adults and children from age 7. Before age 7, there is too wide a range of auditory processing abilities to make reliable comparisons.

Hyperacusis and Misophonia

Hyperacusis is an abnormal sound sensitivity characterised by an intolerance of certain everyday sounds.  These are typically loud/impact sounds, multiple sounds, unexpected sounds and sounds close to the ears.  Children with hyperacusis experience a heightened sense of volume and physical discomfort to these sounds that other children can tolerate.  Hyperacusis can develop in children with high anxiety levels, neurological disorders and auditory pathway problems.

Misophonia is a strongly aversive response to specific sound triggers, most commonly eating/sniffing/breathing sounds made by other people.  Misophonia often stems from a specific instance in childhood or teenage years where a sound made by a family member elicited a strongly negative reaction of irritation and/or disgust. 

Neurodivergent conditions such as autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorders increase vulnerability towards the development of misophonia and hyperacusis.  In these groups, misophonia and hyperacusis can develop in childhood, often enhanced by having sensory processing difficulties filtering out unimportant sounds and/or being readily distracted or overwhelmed by multiple sounds heard simultaneously. 

Hearing Tests For Children In Melbourne

DWM Audiology offers hearing assessments for children aged 9 months+.  Our well known and highly regarded clinic offers extensive experience in hearing assessment, CAPD assessment and misophonia/hyperacusis evaluation and therapy.
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Arrange a hearing test if you have any concerns or doubts about your baby or child’s hearing.

Babies and children are highly susceptible to temporary or fluctuating hearing loss, associated with middle ear fluid or middle ear infections.  This can have a significant effect on the development of their language and communication skills.

Delayed or absent speech development is the most important clue indicating a possible hearing loss in a very young child.

Other signs:

  • Your child seems to hear well at times and not respond at other times 
  • Your child appears inattentive 
  • Your child starts to speak more loudly than usual 
  • Your child looks at you intently when you are speaking – they may be depending on visual cues

Common causes of temporary hearing loss in children include:

  • Build-up of wax in the ear canal 
  • Reduced middle ear ventilation due to Eustachian tube blockage, caused by congestion.  The Eustachian tube is a passageway that connects the ear, nose, and throat. 
  • Middle ear fluid
  • Middle ear infection (otitis media)

A newborn hearing screening program will detect a permanent congenital hearing loss.

Some genetic hearing losses can develop progressively after birth.  Conditions that may cause permanent acquired hearing loss in children include ototoxic medications, encephalitis, mumps, measles, meningitis, large vestibular aqueduct, head injury, sudden onset hearing loss and noise exposure.

We offer hearing assessments for all children aged from 9 months.

Sometimes babies fail their hearing test because of temporary causes such as blockages or fluid in the ear, which can be treated. 

Hearing loss is measured by degrees: mild, moderate, severe or profound.  Because there are so many different kinds of hearing loss, and so many causes for hearing loss, the appropriate treatments and interventions for your child will depend on the circumstances.  We can provide expert, evidence-based advice with regards to appropriate intervention.

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