Our innovative, family-focused audiology service provides comprehensive hearing services for children of all ages, from newborn babies to young adults including children with complex needs.
Our hospital service is based at:
Children and Young People’s Audiology Centre, 2nd floor, Staircase C, South Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, SE1 7EH
Your child’s initial hearing assessment will take between 45 and 60 minutes for pre-school/school-age children and 90 to 120 minutes for infant assessments.
Our paediatric audiologists offer gentle, age-appropriate assessments individual to your child. At each appointment we aim to perform:
We will also discuss the results with you during the appointment and afterwards we will write a Clinical Appointment Report for your records.
For infants (0-3 months) the most appropriate test is an Auditory Brainstem Response test. For more information about this hearing assessment, please watch our video about your baby’s first hearing test.
Most preschool aged children are seen by two audiologists.
For children aged approximately 7 months to 2.5 years we use a test called Visual Reinforcement Audiometry. During this test we teach your child to react to sounds by turning their head towards a reward, usually a picture of a familiar TV character. We then adjust the types and volume of the sounds that we play to determine their hearing levels.
For children aged approximately 2.5 to 5 years we use a test called Play Audiometry. During this test we teach your child to perform a game-based task in response to a sound e.g. throw a ball or stack a cup. We then adjust the types and volume of the sounds that we play to determine their hearing levels. For more information on how to prepare your child for this type of test, please watch our video about practicing for a hearing test.
We often use headphones to find out more about your child’s ears so it is helpful for you to practice using headphones with your child at home before your appointment with us.
If your child has any favourite toys, games or television shows, please let us know as we may be able to use these during the appointment.
School aged children will be seen by one audiologist. Usually we will ask your child to wear headphones and press a button when they hear a sound, this test is called Pure Tone Audiometry.
You may find it useful to talk with your child about their hearing before the appointment to help them think of anything they may want to tell us, or any questions they may want to ask.
All children’s hearing tests are dependent on the co-operation and attention of the child. Whilst our expert team are very experienced in performing children’s hearing tests it may not always be possible to perform a complete hearing assessment during one appointment and we may recommend a follow up appointment to complete testing.
Our clinical team is made up of over 20 experienced specialist paediatric audiologists and is managed by:
The following prices are the cost of assessments for self-pay children’s audiology patients.
Over six months of age.
Auditory brainstem response testing under natural sleep (<3 months).
An automated test of inner ear health.
A type of hearing test using speech sounds.
A test of a muscle reflex in the ear.