Paediatric Hearing Assessment - Phonak Hearing Centre HK
Hearing loss in Children
Studies have shown that children with permanent moderate or greater degrees of hearing loss can have significant effects on language & speech development:

Language & Speech Development Of Normal Hearing Children:

Newborn – 1month
  • Pay attention to people's voice
  • Jumps or blink to loud sound
  • Smile when you talk
1-3 months
  • Head will rotate in the direction of the sound
  • Listen to music
  • Express their emotions and needs with crying, cooing, facial expressions and body movements
4-7 months
  • Turns towards voices or sounds
  • Seem to like a musical toy
  • Respond to the call from others
  • Start babbling
8-12 months
  • Listen when people talk
  • Understand things like “no”, “bye bye”
  • Like copying sounds
1-2 years
  • Can distinguish object names and body parts
  • Understand and follow simple instructions
  • Listen to simple story and songs
  • Usually understand nouns firstly and learn verbs later
2-3 years
  • Understand and follow simple instructions
  • Can differentiate common items and the name of the picture
  • Find you when you call from another room
  • Understand most of what you and teachers say
  • Can answer simple question
  • Like books, story-time and able to answer questions after being read to
Symtoms of Children Hearing Loss

Clinical studies consistently show that even minimal hearing losses would lead to significant negative impact on the children’s speech and language development. In addition, children with hearing loss often do not appear to understand what is being said and frequently require repetition during daily communications. They might sometimes be accused of "daydreaming," or "not paying attention". It is therefore important for parents to observe their children's behavior and look for signs and symptoms of possible hearing loss.

Following are the signs and symptoms that should make you suspect that your child has a hearing loss:

Difficulty locating sounds
Turning head to one side when listening
Lack of response to soft speech or when called from a distance
Heavily rely on lip-reading in conversations
Inappropriate responses to questions or unable to follow instruction correctly
Asking for repeats

If more than two questions say “yes”, we suggest you make an appointment with our audiologists for a full audiological assessment and professional advices on rehabilitation.

Paediatric Hearing Assessment

Hearing loss can have significant effects on children’s speech and language development. A Complete audiological solution helps to identify with hearing loss to avoid long-term and developmental impacts. Your child’s hearing is our priority and the following three behavioural tests can be arranged:

Our Paediatric Audiological Services provided :
Visual Reinforcement Audiometry(VRA)
Applicable: age of 6-months to 3 years old
Purpose:Aims to assess the hearing levels of children through providing them with visual “reward”.

Procedure:Sounds of different frequencies are presented either via headphone or sound field speakers to the child inside the sound booth. The child is conditioned to make a head turn towards the direction of sound stimuli. Slides of animation will be then presented on display monitors as a visual “reward” to reinforce the child’s responses
Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)
Applicable: age of 2 to 5 years old
Purpose:Aims to assess hearing levels of children through a Conditioned Play Audiometry.

Procedure:Sounds of different frequencies are presented via headphone to the children inside the sound booth. The child is conditioned to perform a task with toys when a sound is heard, such as putting a block in a box to indicate that she/ he heard the sound.
Audiological Assessment
Applicable: above age of 6 years old
Include Pure Tone & Impedance Audiometry
Impedance Audiometry
Test includes tympanometry and/or acoustic reflex measures, to assess the status of middle-ear system, such as eardrum.
Auditory Steady State Response – ASSR
Auditory Steady State Response is an objective test used for evaluation of hearing ability in children too young for traditional audiometric testing.
Phonak Paediatric Hearing
& Speech Centre
Phonak Paediatric Hearing & Speech Centre is the first private centre in Asia to receive the Phonak International Approved Paediatric Hearing Center title, a certification that requires meeting stringent criteria and passing strict assessments conducted by professionals from Sonova Group.

To provide the hearing impaired person with the highest hearing quality possible, Phonak continuously sets new standards in our products and service procedures. We ensure that all hearing aid users & cochlear implant recipients are most appropriately fitted through various measurements.

Communication

A hearing loss, if go untreated, may result in speech defects, communication, learning and behavioral problems. In addition, children with hearing loss often do not appear to understand what is being said and frequently require repetition during daily communications. If your child has a hearing loss, you can do a lot to help and support them in daily life. For example, you can help your child understand and develop speech better by keeping a few basic communication rules in mind, such as: keep your face in view, speak clearly, avoid background noise, etc.