Your child may need to have a diagnostic hearing test.
What are diagnostic hearing tests?
These tests help to find out whether a baby has normal hearing or is affected by a hearing loss.
If a baby has a hearing loss, the test will show:
- Whether the hearing loss is temporary or permanent
- The level or degree of hearing loss (see table below)
- If the hearing loss is in one or both ears.
The time needed for diagnostic hearing testing will be different for each baby, but it can take as long as two hours. The audiologist will explain each test. Please refer to the Baby’s Audiology Hearing Test brochure for more information.
As a parent, it is important that you understand the hearing tests and what the results mean.
While your baby may pass the diagnostic hearing test their hearing can change over time, refer to 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.
Below is a list of some questions you may wish to ask at your child’s audiology or ear, nose and throat (ENT) appointment.
- What type of hearing loss does my child have? Please explain what this means.
- Will there be a need for further testing?
- Will my child’s hearing get better?
- What options are available for my child e.g. grommets, hearing aids or cochlear implants?
- Will a hearing aid help my child to hear?
- Will the hearing loss affect my child’s development?
- Will my child be able to hear me?
- How often will my child return for a follow-up appointment?