Getting a Diagnosis

Your audiologist will explain the results of the hearing tests, including whether there’s a hearing loss and if so to what degree, whether it is likely to be temporary or permanent and if  just one or both ears are affected. They will also explain in more detail exactly which sounds your baby can and can’t hear, the type of hearing impairment and possible causes.

The clinic will then refer your child to a doctor who specialises in audiology or an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor. This doctor will discuss potential solutions with you. Depending on the type and degree of impairment, solutions could include surgery such as the temporary insertion of grommets (tiny plastic tubes) into the eardrum to treat glue ear, hearing aids or a hearing implant.

Your audiology clinic will also give you contact details for your local authority’s hearing-impairment support service, which should provide you with information and advice about developing language and communication skills, for instance through sign language and lip reading. It can give advice to anyone involved in your child’s care, advise you on education provision and other local services and provide special equipment your child may need at nursery or school.

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For information and support on hearing tests and diagnosis, contact the National Deaf Children’s Society Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880.