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"Hearing is a child's gateway to lifelong learning"

Book an appointment today to ensure a sound foundation tomorrow. 

At our clinic, we are not just about hearing, we are partners in your child's health and development.

Does my child need a hearing test?

Anyone seeking to ensure their child's optimal learning and academic success should consider a hearing test. The Australian Government recommends testing before school, before NAPLAN in years 3 and 5, and again before the transition to high school. These checkpoints are essential for identifying and addressing any potential hearing issues that may impact a child's educational journey.

 

Why is it recommended children have their hearing tested?

1 in 10 Australian children have unidentified hearing loss, often unnoticed until they encounter challenges at school. Conductive hearing loss is the most common reason for hearing loss in children, caused by fluid trapped behind the ears following colds or allergies. This condition, if left undetected, can persist for months or years, impacting hearing, speech, developmental milestones, and school learning. Timely identification and resolution through monitoring by health professionals is crucial for ensuring your child's optimal development and learning success.

What are the signs of hearing loss in children?

The signs of hearing loss in children can vary depending on the age of the child. Here are some common signs to look out for:

  • A Lack of startle or response to loud noises.

  • Does not turn towards sounds or voices.

  • Does not react to familiar voices or sounds.

  • Delayed or unclear speech.

  • Difficulty following simple directions.

  • Frequent misunderstandings or requests for repetition.

  • Inappropriate or inconsistent responses to sounds.

  • Difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments.

  • Struggles in academic performance, especially in subjects that rely heavily on listening.

  • Social isolation or difficulty interacting with peers.

  • Frequent complaints of earaches or discomfort.

  • Loud use of technology (TV, tablet, phones)

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What is the next step?

It is important to remain vigilant for any signs of hearing loss throughout your child's development, as early detection and intervention play a crucial role in addressing potential hearing issues. The best tool we have is regular hearing checks at key learning stages. Book an appointment today to secure your child's hearing tomorrow.

  • Why is hearing health so crucial for children?
    Your child's ability to hear shapes their world. It's not just about sounds; it's the foundation for language development, social interaction, and academic success. Imagine the joy of hearing their first words or the excitement of a bedtime story – these moments define their early years and contribute to a lifetime of learning.
  • When should parents screen their children's hearing?
    Timing is not just crucial; it's strategic. Before kindergarten or within the first year of school is the critical window. This is when their brains are like sponges, absorbing knowledge and forming essential connections. But it doesn't stop there – consider screening prior to NAPLAN testing in years 3 and 5. These standardised assessments are pivotal, and ensuring optimal hearing can make a significant impact on performance. Furthermore, as your child embarks on the journey from primary school to high school, consider this transition a milestone for their hearing health too. The challenges and demands increase, and a hearing screen at this juncture becomes a proactive step for ensuring their learning success in the crucial years ahead. Early screening isn't just about catching potential issues – it's about empowering your child with every tool they need to navigate the educational landscape successfully.
  • How common is undiagnosed hearing loss in school starters?
    Hearing impairment in children may be more common than most parents realise. 1 in 10 children will begin school with undiagnosed hearing loss, facing unnecessary challenges that can impact their learning and social interactions. A simple hearing screen is a powerful tool – a small effort that can yield tremendous benefits, setting the stage for a successful academic journey.
  • What does the Australian Government recommend?
    The Australian Government, through the Healthy Kids Check, not only emphasises the importance of a hearing test before kindergarten but also recognises the strategic junctures in a child's educational journey. Screening before NAPLAN testing and during the transition to high school aligns with their vision for comprehensive care, ensuring that your child's hearing health is optimised at every significant learning and development stage.
  • What did we find in our recent Macksville hearing clinic?
    In our first Macksville Child Hearing Clinic held at the start of December 2023, where 40 families registered their interest, we screened children aged 3.5 to 14 years old. Surprisingly, 30% of children didn't pass their hearing screens. These aren't just statistics; these are local children facing potential hurdles that could be easily addressed. The primary culprits were fluid behind the ears causing 'conductive hearing loss' – a condition often resolved if identified early and effectively monitored by health professionals. Another common issue was earwax occlusion, easily treatable if detected and resolved promptly. For these cases, we recommend a rescreen in four weeks to assess if hearing loss persists. If it does, we advocate for a referral to an audiologist for a more in-depth assessment of hearing. It's not surprising that our rates of children not passing their hearing screens are significant, considering the Nambucca Valley's childhood vulnerability and poor school readiness rates. These are 2-3 times higher than the state and national averages for children of the same age. This underscores the imperative need for comprehensive primary health care screening. Ensuring early detection and intervention is key to enabling all children to reach their full potential. Identifying and addressing hearing issues is a critical step toward a brighter future for our local youth. Identify potential hurdles early, empower your child with confidence and skills, and book a hearing test today to secure their path to a successful future.
  • Ready to Ensure Your Child's Sound Future?
    Don't wait for hurdles to appear; be proactive in securing your child's health, development and academic success. Book a hearing test today – a small effort that aligns with key educational milestones, ensuring your child's gateway to lifelong learning is fortified for success. Secure their future now.
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