Paediatric Audiology

Is Your Child Showing Signs of Hearing Difficulty?

If you’ve noticed your child not responding when called, frequently asking ‘What?’, complaining of ear pain, or struggling to understand conversations, it may be an indication of a hearing issue that requires attention. At our hearing clinic in Cork, we understand the importance of early intervention. Most hearing problems diagnosed during childhood are temporary, such as middle ear fluid.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have concerns about your child’s hearing. We offer diagnostic testing suitable for children aged 6 months and up at our Cork hearing clinic. Our team of experienced audiologists and paediatric specialists are trained to provide accurate assessments and personalised treatment plans for children with hearing issues. We believe in a holistic approach to care, ensuring that your child’s overall well-being is taken into consideration.

In addition to our esteemed hearing clinic in Cork, we also offer specialised services for children aged 4 and over in Clonmel. Our devoted team of experienced audiologists and paediatric specialists are available at both locations, ensuring hearing assessments tailored to the needs of young children.

Hearing Test for Children - Little Boy Doing a Audiometry Test

Children's Hearing Tests in Cork

  • 1. Performance or Play Audiometry (Suitable for: 2.5 years+)

    Performance and Play Audiometry are engaging tests that evaluate hearing sensitivity at various pitches. Using sound-field speakers and headphones, your child responds through play to test tones. This interactive approach helps us accurately assess their hearing abilities.

  • 2. Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA) (suitable from 6 months to 2–3 years)

    For infants and toddlers too young for conventional tests, we employ Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA). This method utilises specialised equipment to evaluate your child’s hearing. By strategically placing animations or lighted toys, we train your child to turn towards the source of sound, allowing us to gather crucial information about their hearing abilities.

    If you’re interested in learning more about VRA, please feel free to contact Olwyn and find out more about our Cork audiological services.

  • 3. Tympanometry (Suitable from Birth)

    Tympanometry is a non-invasive test that examines middle ear function and the movement of the eardrum (tympanic membrane). By measuring the ear’s response to both sound and pressure, we generate a tympanogram, which provides insights into conditions such as middle ear fluid, abnormal air pressure, and more.

  • 4. Acoustic Reflexes (Suitable from Birth)

    This test assesses the contraction of the stapedius muscle in response to loud sounds. By evaluating this reflex, we can gather valuable information about nerve function and determine the type and degree of hearing loss, whether conductive or sensorineural.

  • 5. Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE’s) Testing (Suitable From: Birth)

    OAE’s testing involves playing a soft sound and measuring the echo that returns. This test assesses the function of the outer hair cells in the inner ear (cochlea). It helps us rule out anything more severe than a mild cochlear hearing loss, providing us with vital information about your child’s hearing abilities.

  • 6. Speech Discrimination Testing (Suitable From: 2 Years+)

    This test evaluates your child’s ability to hear and understand speech. They may be asked to repeat words they hear or to identify toys or pictures associated with the spoken words. This test complements the overall assessment of your child’s hearing capabilities.

    At Medico private clinic in Cork, we are committed to providing thorough and accurate hearing assessments for children of all ages. Early detection and intervention can make a significant difference in your child’s development and quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a children’s hearing test and ensure your child’s auditory health is in good hands.

  • Get in touch with us today

    Contact us today to schedule a children’s hearing test at either our Cork or Clonmel clinic and take the first step towards securing your child’s auditory well-being. Our team of experienced audiologists will work closely with you to understand your child’s unique needs and provide personalised care.

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