The Paediatric Audiology Service provides audiological assessment and care for children from newborn to school-leaving age living within the Brent and Harrow catchment area.
We provide care for children with complex and multiple disabilities, those who are difficult to assess for any reason and for children who are at increased risk of permanent hearing loss.
Our aim is to accurately evaluate the hearing levels of the child and identify any hearing difficulties. When testing children’s hearing, it is important that an appropriate method is used based on the child’s age, ability and interest, information provided by parents and referrers will give the information that is required. Some tests require children to be alert, awake co-operative and happy to “play” with the Audiologist (Behavioural tests). Others require the child to be quiet and still or asleep (Objective tests). The Paediatric Audiologists have considerable experience assessing the hearing of children. Tests selected will be based upon observations of the child in the clinic and the information given by the parents. The degree, extent and nature of any hearing loss is confirmed as quickly as possible and an estimation made of the impact these difficulties are likely to have on the child.
We provide appropriate audiological support once hearing loss is identified. We provide rehabilitation and support to all the children and their families who have been identified with significant permanent hearing impairment. We work closely with other professionals including Audiological Physician, Ear Nose and Throat Consultants, Teachers of the Hearing Impaired, Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians and Social Services, to provide a quality service to children, young people and their families.
We also offer a Paediatric Hearing Aid Service. Hearing aids can be offered for permanent or temporary hearing losses from any age. With the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme identifying hearing losses soon after birth, the Paediatric Hearing Aid Service is able to fit hearing aids to babies as young as three months old.
Hearing aids used on the NHS are all digital aids and are behind-the-ear. Sometimes behind the ear hearing aid is not appropriate for certain type of hearing loss.
Other types of hearing aid are available for different types of hearing loss. Bone conduction hearing aids sit behind the ear and send sound straight to the hearing organ. Bone conduction hearing aids are worn on a soft headband.
All hearing aids and batteries are offered free on the NHS. The ear moulds as well as the hearing aids themselves are available in a range of colours and designs to personalise them as much as possible for the child.
Who can refer my child?
Any of the below by completing the Paediatric Audiology referral form.
- Health Visitor
- School Nurse
- Community Doctors
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Hospital Consultants.
Children's Hearing Services Working Group (Brent and Harrow)
We run a quarterly Children’s Hearing Services Working Group in Brent and Harrow where parents and older children can share their views and give their feedback to help improve the services we provide. More information on the Group can be found here.