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Incomplete testing

Your child has had a hearing test today which did not show conclusive results. This means that it is very important that we see them again in future for more testing. The clinician you have seen will discuss with you when your child’s next hearing test is due. How soon this needs to be will be different for each child.

We may have obtained very little information about your child’s hearing and need to bring your child back very soon to check their hearing again.

We may have obtained enough information to rule out a significant hearing loss. This means that we do not have major concerns about your child’s hearing but we can’t confirm that it is completely normal.

If, before your next appointment, you become concerned your child’s hearing has deteriorated or they are not responding as well as previously please contact us and we can arrange to see them sooner than planned.

What should I look out for?

Signs to look out for which can indicate poor hearing include:

  • speech not developing or unclear speech
  • behaviour problems
  • appearing to ignore things
  • for older children, telling you that they are struggling to hear

What should I do if I notice any signs of poor hearing?

If you have concerns about any of these, or feel that there has been a deterioration in your child’s hearing please contact us and we will discuss if we need to bring your next appointment forward.

Who will get a copy of this test?

A letter summarising today’s test results will be sent to your family doctor, health visitor, and to any other health professional involved with your child. If you have not received a copy of the hearing test results and would like one, please request one.

What should I do if I have any further questions?

If you have any questions about today’s test results, or about this leaflet, telephone 0114 271 7450 and ask to speak to an Audiologist.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: AUD34

Resource Type: Article

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