Childhood hearing screenings
The test uses a variation of Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA) mentioned below known as a pure tone sweep test. If there are any concerns following this screening a child will be referred to a local audiology (hearing) clinic for further hearing tests.
Prior to starting school a child will not have their hearing tested unless there is cause for concern. When a general developmental assessment is conducted by a health visitor at around the age of two years they will look in part at speech development. If there are any doubts about a child’s speech development, a child’s hearing will be checked either in the local practice or at an audiology facility.
Your child may also have another assessment at the age of three. There may be some variation across the UK and you may be contacted by a health visitor either by means of a telephone call or a check list sent through the post.
As babies and children can develop or acquire a hearing loss it is important that you think carefully about your child’s hearing and speech and share any concerns you have.