Screening

Screening process

The non-invasive screening process is performed by a specialised trained nurse with the parent’s consent, ideally before the baby leaves the hospital.

The nurseHealthy Hearing baby screening places several small sensor pads on the baby’s head, to record their response to soft clicking sounds that are played into their ears through soft earphones.

Your baby’s free hearing screen

The result will be either a “pass result” or a “refer result”.

If they receive a “refer result”, they will need to undergo a second screen test, and if this returns another “refer result”, they will be referred to an Audiologist for further tests.

Parents will receive a Your baby’s audiology hearing test, explaining why your baby has been referred and the process involved.

Outpatient screenings

For babies less than 3 months of age, or not born in a birthing hospital, you can make an appointment for a hearing screen as a Public hospital outpatient. To access a free hearing screen babies must be eligible /or enrolled for an Australian Medicare card.

Non Medicare eligible families must have finalised payment in full for Delivery and Postnatal care for the Baby to access the hearing screen.

Screening and outpatient locations

Contact your local Queensland hospital to arrange a free screening appointment or search for a hospital location in your area.

HospitalTelephone
Atherton Hospital07 4091 0211
Ayr Hospital07 4783 0855
Cairns Base Hospital07 4226 0000
Cairns Private Hospital07 4052 5200
Charters Towers Hospital07 4787 0333
Cooktown Hospital07 4043 0100
Ingham Hospital07 4720 3000
Innisfail Hospital07 4016 1411
Mareeba Hospital07 4092 9333
Mackay Base Hospital07 4885 6000
Mater Private Hospital, Townsville07 4722 8867
Moranbah Hospital07 4941 4600
Mt Isa Hospital07 4744 4444
Palm Island (Joyce Palmer Health Service)07 4752 5100
Proserpine Hospital07 4813 9400
Thursday Island Hospital07 4069 0200
The Townsville Hospital07 4433 2995
Tully Hospital07 4068 4144
HospitalTelephone
Biloela Hospital07 4992 7000
Bundaberg Hospital07 4303 8410
Caboolture Hospital07 5433 8629
Capricorn Coast Community Health07 4913 3000
Emerald Hospital07 4987 9523
Gladstone Hospital07 4976 3528
Gympie Hospital07 5489 8724
Hervey Bay Hospital07 4325 6820
Longreach Hospital07 4658 4740
Mater Private Hospital, Gladstone07 4971 3707
Mater Private Hospital, Rockhampton07 4931 3380
North West Private Hospital07 3353 7825
Redcliffe Hospital07 3883 7508
Rockhampton Hospital07 4920 6288
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital07 3646 1484
Sunshine Coast Private Hospital07 5430 3091
Sunshine Coast University Hospital07 5202 3799
Theodore Hospital07 4990 3000
Wesley Private Hospital Brisbane07 3232 7256
Woorabinda Community Health07 4913 2800
HospitalTelephone
Beaudesert Hospital07 5541 9170
Charleville Hospital07 4650 5000
Chinchilla Hospital07 4662 8889
Dalby Hospital07 4669 0525
Gold Coast University Hospital (Public)07 5687 3508
Gold Coast University Private Hospital07 5530 0726
Goondiwindi Hospital07 4671 6666
Greenslopes Private Hospital07 3394 7900
Ipswich Hospital07 3810 1134
John Flynn Private Hospital, Gold Coast07 5598 9040
Kingaroy Hospital07 4162 9292
Logan Hospital07 3299 9153
Mater Mother’s Public Hospital07 3163 8892
Mater Mother’s Private Hospital, South Brisbane07 3163 8892
Mater Private Hospital, Redlands07 3163 7343
Pindara Private Hospital, Gold Coast07 5588 9401
Redland Hospital07 3488 3444
Roma Hospital07 4624 2736
St Andrew’s Private Hospital, Ipswich07 3816 9360
St George Hospital07 4620 2222
St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Toowoomba07 4690 4131
Stanthorpe Hospital07 4681 5201
Sunnybank Private Hospital07 3344 9308
Toowoomba Hospital07 4616 6208
Warwick Hospital07 4660 3831

Ongoing hearing checks

While your baby may pass a hearing screen their hearing can change over time, refer to our checklist for your baby’s hearing and speech and if you have any concerns about their hearing, contact your local doctor or health clinic for further advice.

Audiology services

Search the list of Queensland audiology testing sites where families can access public paediatric diagnostic audiology testing.

LocationAddressTelephone
BrisbaneLady Cilento Children’s Hospital07 3068 2385
BrisbaneMater Audiology, South Brisbane07 3163 8685
Central QueenslandAttune Rockhampton07 4933 5335
Darling DownsToowoomba Hospital07 4616 6879
Gold CoastGold Coast Hospital07 3299 8975
IpswichIpswich Hospital07 3810 1385
LoganLogan Hospital07 3299 8975
North CoastSunshine Coast University Hospital07 5202 3416
North QueenslandCairns Audiology Group, Cairns07 4054 5561
North QueenslandTownsville Hospital07 4796 2763
Sunshine CoastCaboolture Hospital07 5316 5769
Sunshine CoastSunshine Coast University Hospital07 5202 3416

Contact us

Queensland Healthy Hearing Program

Rachael Beswick
t: 07 3310 6222

Queensland Hearing Loss Family Support Service (QHLFSS)

t: 1800 352 075 (toll free)
m: PO Box 5492, West End Q 4101