The Audiology Department provides assessment, care and treatment for children with hearing related conditions. Our team of audiologists offer a range of hearing tests to diagnose your child’s hearing condition including:
- behavioural observation audiometry
- visual reinforcement audiometry
- pure tone audiometry
- acoustic immittance
- speech discrimination testing
- speech perception testing
- auditory brainstem response assessment
- auditory steady state response assessment
- cortical evoked response assessment
- otoacoustic emissions
- aided assessment
- hearing implant assessment and management
- electrically evoked auditory brainstem response
- neural response telemetry
- testing under sedation or general anaesthetic.
Each test helps our audiologists find out about your child’s hearing ability so that they can provide the most appropriate treatment for their condition. We work with a range of other health services to provide:
- Full diagnostic assessments for infants referred through the Healthy Hearing Program.
- Surveillance assessments for children with identified hearing loss risk factors referred through the Healthy Hearing Program.
- Support for children with multiple problems and complex audiological issues.
- Support for children undergoing chemotherapy.
- Support for children with significant developmental delays.
- Support for children with known medical conditions or syndromes associated with hearing loss e.g. Noonan’s syndrome, Trisomy 21.
- Suitability assessment for cochlear implants.
- Ongoing cochlear implant management.
- Suitability assessment for various middle ear and bone conduction implants.
- Pre-operative and post-operative assessment of children referred via Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (otherwise known as ENT).
- Support for at risk Indigenous children referred through the Deadly Ears program.
Who can access this service?
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.
Existing patients with complex care needs
Children who are current patients of the Hearing Implant Program before their 16th birthday can continue to receive treatment and services relating to their cochlear implants until their 18th birthday.
The Audiology Department at the Queensland Children’s Hospital provides tertiary level health services for children throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales and secondary level health care for children living in the Brisbane local government area.
Referrals for patients requiring primary or secondary level health care, where the patient resides within the Brisbane local government area but falls within another Hospital and Health Service’s catchment area (specifically Metro North, Metro South, West Moreton) will NOT be accepted, and will be redirected to the appropriate Audiology service available within their local Hospital and Health Service’s catchment area.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Referrals are accepted from:
- General practitioners
- Healthy Hearing
- Children’s Health Queensland medical officers.
Information for health professionals
Who may benefit from this service
- Patients requiring assessment for purpose of monitoring ototoxicity of medications (e.g. oncology patients)
- Children who have had an infection associated with hearing loss (eg. Bacterial Meningitis)
- Children with acquired neurological conditions associated with hearing loss eg. meningitis, fractured skulls, brain / head injuries
- Children with a sudden onset of tinnitus, dizziness or hearing loss
- Children with a family history of hearing loss
- Children with a syndrome with known associated hearing loss
- Children with a history of middle ear problems
- Children with pre-diagnosed hearing loss
Hearing Implant Program
- Children with permanent hearing loss for whom conventional hearing aids are insufficient
- Children with cochlear implants
- Children who receive a refer result on newborn hearing screening
- Children with risk factors for acquired hearing loss including:
- Syndromes associated with hearing loss
- Craniofactial anomalies
- Prolonged ventilation ≥ 5 days (IPPV/ CPAP)
- Bacterial Meningitis (confirmed / suspected)
- Severe asphyxia at birth
- Hyberbilirubinemia levels ≥ 450µmol/l (Preterm) Max SBR level
- Proven / suspected congenital infection (TORCH)
- Professional Concern