Patel & Suleman Audiologists advocate early identification and early management of children who may present with hearing loss. Early identification and management provides children with the opportunity to develop speech and language close to their normal hearing peers.
New Born Hearing Screening
It is encouraged that every new born baby’s hearing is screened before leaving the hospital. New born hearing screening identifies baby’s presenting with hearing loss as early as possible and enables parents to timeously access the necessary support and advice they require.
The hearing screening procedure is conducted by performing Oto-Acoustic Emission (OAE) testing. A small soft-tipped probe is placed into the baby’s ear which sends gentle sounds into the ear. This is a quick, pain-free test which determines if hearing loss is present.
School Aged Hearing Screening
Hearing screening at school-age plays an integral tool in identifying children with hearing loss who were not identified at birth, lost to follow-up, or who developed hearing loss later. Without mandatory routine hearing screenings in schools, students with unilateral, less severe or late onset hearing loss may not be identified or will be misdiagnosed and in turn not managed appropriately. Efforts to provide hearing screening and follow-up through school-age will help ensure that children with hearing loss are identified and managed in a timely manner, and thereby minimize negative academic consequences as hearing plays an integral role in learning.
Children above the age of 3, will be attempted to be assessed subjectively in a quiet environment within the school setting or within our hearing healthcare practice. The outer, middle and inner ear will be briefly assessed. The child will wear a set of headphones and be required to respond to sounds emitted form the headphones.
By conducting hearing screenings, Audiologists are able to identify children who present with hearing loss, require further hearing assessments as well as children who are at risk for developing hearing loss.
Subjective Hearing Assessments:
Subjective hearing assessments are conducted at our hearing healthcare practice. The outer, middle and inner ear are comprehensively assessed. The child will be required to respond to various types of sounds while seated in a sound proof diagnostic booth. The comprehensive nature of diagnostic audiological assessments allows Audiologists to determine the degree and type of the presenting hearing loss. This information is useful for effective management via; further audiological assessments, hearing aid fittings and appropriate referrals, bearing in mind individual needs.
Objective Hearing Assessments:
Objective assessments are available for those individuals who are subjectively difficult to test. These tests are conducted while an individual is in a relaxed state or asleep as no active response is required. These assessments can be conducted on newborns, paediatrics, adults and geriatrics.
Patel & Suleman Audiologists offer two types of objective assessment measures:
1. Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) A small probe is placed into the ear through which a sound is emitted and a response is recorded electronically.
2. Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Electrodes which detect the brains response to sound are placed on various parts of the head. Results are recorded electronically and are valuable for hearing aid fittings.