Independent Audiology provides a bespoke, on site hearing screening programme designed to cause minimum disruption to the school day. Although children will often undergo visual testing as a matter of routine, most children will not have access to a hearing test unless they are being medically investigated. Children born in the UK will have been tested at birth but are not offered hearing tests routinely during their development.
Hearing problems associated with “glue ear” are commonly acquired by children during their infant and junior school phase, usually following ear or upper respiratory tract infections. The fluctuating hearing loss associated with “glue ear” can be easily missed and result in children being perceived as either disruptive , withdrawn, to be day dreamers or “in their own world” .
Children who do not hear clearly can often be regarded as poor listeners or lacking concentration in the classroom. Spelling, reading and sometimes speech problems occur when a child cannot hear correctly and hearing problems can sometimes be manifested by poor behaviour at school. Once “glue ear” is correctly identified and treated, any associated hearing loss is resolved.
Children who are speaking in a louder or softer voice than is usual, who confuse consonants (either spoken or written) or who are experiencing difficulties at school should have their hearing tested to eliminate the possibility of a hearing loss being the cause of or an additional factor in their difficulties. Mild to moderate hearing losses can often remain unnoticed for long periods of time and can only be detected by hearing screening.
Recent research suggests that teenagers are increasingly at risk of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) as a result of extensive use of devices such as i pods at a young age. A hearing screening programme together with health education is useful to identify any early indications of NIHL and provides an opportunity to educate children in the problems associated with noise exposure.
Why choose Independent Audiology?
Our hearing screening programme for schools records reliable results from children from the age of four. The programme includes checking the ears (Otoscopy) for any blockage, a hearing screen test, result and report with recommendations and GP/ENT referral letter where necessary.
Our senior Clinical Audiologists have considerable experience in testing children in ENT clinics and are enhanced DBS checked, registered with the British Society of Audiology and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.