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Medical audiology

Your child has been referred into medical audiology clinic. This is a consultation-only appointment and your child will not have a hearing test.

What will happen at this appointment?

The audiologist will talk about your child’s hearing levels and future audiological management. This might be monitoring your child’s hearing or reviewing in our hearing aid clinics.

The doctor will talk about aetiological investigations and perform a developmental review. They will also refer your child onto other services if needed.

What are aetiological investigations ?

These are tests that can investigate why your child has a hearing loss.

Some tests we may do are a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the structure of the ear, a urine test (we might ask your child to provide a urine sample to be tested within the department) and we may refer to have your child’s vision checked.

The doctor may need other tests. These will be discussed at the consultation.

When will my child be reviewed?

Your child will need regular hearing reviews with an audiologist separate to any medical appointments.

Once your child has had all their investigations completed in the medical audiology clinics the doctor may not need to review them unless needed.

The doctor can also refer for genetic testing to see if there is a genetic cause for your child’s hearing loss. This can also be requested by your child directly when they attend one of our transition clinics when 14 years of age or older.

Contact us

If you would like any more information before your appointment please contact:

Hearing services reception on 0114 271 7450 and ask for a member of the senior team:

  • Department Manager – Suzanne Carrick
  • Lead Audiologists – Kim Smith and Louisa Temple.

More information about hearing is available from the National Deaf Children’s Society
Telephone: 0808 800 8880

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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: AUD30

Resource Type: Article

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