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Paediatric Audiology Services

Children's Hearing Services are located at Bradford Royal Infirmary

How to access out Service

Families that are concerned about their child's hearing can access the service via their GP or any other Health Professionals

What can I expect at the appointment?

You will see one or two members of a team of audiologists and clinical scientists who are specially trained to test children's hearing. The appointment is usually 30 minutes long. Sometimes we need to bring you back for a second appointment. We aim to see you on time but occasionally clinics can be delayed.

We will ask you some questions about your child's hearing, medical history and any family history of hearing problems.

Depending on your child's age we will try and test their hearing by getting them to respond to sound in some way. This often includes some form of play. It is therefore important your child is awake. The hearing test needs to be carried out in a quiet room, so if possible it is best to try to attend with only the child being tested. It is not possible to leave children unsupervised in the waiting area, but they are welcome to wait there if they are accompanied by an adult.

We will also look in your child's ears and we may do some other tests if required.

The results of the test will then be discussed with you including treatment options if your child is found to have a hearing loss.

These may include:

· A watch and wait approach is taken if there is a reasonable chance the hearing loss will resolve, with a further hearing test appointment booked for a few months later.

· Your child is referred to the Ear, Nose and Throat department for treatment.

· Your child is offered hearing aids.

Bradford Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP)

As part of the national Newborn Hearing Screening Programme babies in Bradford are routinely offered a hearing screen soon after birth. This takes place either in the maternity unit or in an outpatient's clinic.

The reason for screening babies hearing is to identify the 1 baby in every 900 that is born with a hearing loss in one or both ears. If a hearing problem is detected early, important information and support can be given to the baby and their family to ensure there are no delays in their speech and language development, which in turn may affect development of their education and social skills.

A dedicated team of trained hearing screeners carry out the screens at the bedside in hospital, or in a quiet clinic room whilst the baby is settled or asleep. There are two objective hearing screening tests that may be used called otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) and automated auditory brainstem response (AABR). The screening tests are quick and simple and do not hurt the baby. The results of the hearing screen are explained to parents at the time of the screening test.

If clear responses cannot be recorded from one or both of the baby's ears, they are referred to the audiology clinic for further hearing assessment. They will normally be seen within 4 weeks of receiving the referral.

For further information about the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme please visit : NHS Hearing Screening Programme or contact Pushpa Mistry, NHSP Manager Tel:01274 382452, email:push.mistry@BTHFT.nhs.uk.