Children need clear and consistent access to sound and language around them to develop their own language skills and thrive educationally. Hearing problems in children can be difficult to identify, as both their behaviour and the hearing loss itself can fluctuate. By the time they have reached early school age, most children will have experienced an ear infection which will have impacted their hearing ability. Recurrent ear infections will result in an inconsistent signal being heard by the child, making learning much more difficult and often poor behaviour is the result.
It is important to act on any sign that your child may be experiencing hearing loss. We suggest arranging a hearing test for your child if you see any of the following:
Hearing tests check a person’s ability to hear the loudness and pitch of sounds. Some reasons why you may need a hearing test include ringing in your ears, others companing that you talk too loud or watch the TV on high volume, or simply you have trouble hearing conversations.
While there’s no replacement for a consultation with a hearing-care expert, our free online hearing screening can provide some quick and useful feedback about your hearing. The screening should be carried out in quite space and all you need is a pair of headphones!
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