Victorian Hearing Paediatric Services
If you suspect your child may be exhibiting signs of hearing loss, Victorian Hearing offers a range of hearing tests for kids in order to evaluate hearing. All paediatric audiologist services are administered by experienced audiologists who have extensive training in assessing the hearing of children of all ages.
What Services Do We Provide?
Our child audiologist offers a range of hearing tests for children, including:
Visually Re-enforced Orientation Audiometry (VROA)
VROA is a hearing test for kids that’s used from around the age of 6 months until the child’s attention span is long enough for them to be able to move onto Play Audiometry (generally around 2 ½ – 3 ½ years).
VROA involves the child turning their head towards a loudspeaker whenever a sound is heard. When the child turns their head towards the sound, a puppet or other entertaining object is presented as their reward. The child will soon learn that when they hear a sound, a puppet is there when they turn their head. As this test is performed by a paediatric audiologist in the free field, not administered under headphones, information will be obtained for the better hearing ear and hearing in general. This test can determine whether the child has sufficient hearing for normal speech and language development. However, it cannot eliminate a very mild hearing loss or a hearing loss in one ear. Ear specific information relating to a potential hearing loss in either ear is available once the child is mature enough to perform Play Audiometry.
This hearing test for children is conducted when the child will accept to wear headphones and has a long enough attention span to provide more reliable hearing results. The child will generally play a hearing ‘game’ that will involve placing a peg on a board, or clapping their hands when they hear a noise. Making a game of the testing ensures a longer interest, and will help provide more reliable test results. Play audiometry under headphones allows ear specific information to be obtained.
Pure Tone Audiometry
Pure tone audiometry is the most commonly used test of hearing ability in both adult and paediatric populations. The test involves listening for a range of beeps and whistles at different pitches and then a response given (usually by pressing a button) when the tone is heard. The volume of the tones will continue to drop until just heard, which indicates to the audiologist your hearing thresholds (or the softest sounds you can hear repeatably). These thresholds for each ear are then marked on a graph, known as an audiogram.
Tympanometry is an objective measure of middle ear function, and of how mobile the eardrum is. A small rubber tip is placed into the ear canal, and a small amount of air is pumped into the ear to measure the mobility of the eardrum, the amount of pressure behind the ear drum, and the volume of the middle ear space.
This hearing test for kids can detect whether there is fluid behind the eardrum, a perforation of the eardrum, Eustachian tube dysfunction, a grommet insitu, or a blockage causing or exacerbating hearing loss.
Speech Reception Testing
The two main tests of speech reception ability used by our paediatric audiologist are the Kendall Toy Test, and Speech Reception Threshold (SRT).
Speech Discrimination Testing
Speech discrimination testing assesses how well words are understood. For this test, words are presented through headphones at a volume that is easily heard. Your child will be asked to repeat the words as they hear them.
Kendall Toy Test (KTT)
This is a hearing test for children that identifies a child’s ability to correctly point out a specific toy when its name is spoken at a minimal voice level, usually 40 dB(A). The child cannot lip read, as the speaker will hide their face when talking, and the toys tend to be common toys that a two-year old could identify.
Organise a Hearing Test for Kids Today
To get your child’s hearing evaluated with a hearing test for children, arrange an appointment with a Victorian Hearing child audiologist today. Call 1300 736 995, or submit an online enquiry to request more information.