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School-aged children with normal hearing

Your child has had a normal hearing test today, and it is not necessary at this time to arrange a further appointment.

Will my child’s hearing remain normal?

Although today’s test is normal, it is possible for a child of any age to develop hearing problems. It is normal for a child’s hearing to be slightly decreased for a short time when they have a heavy cold, but this should return to normal after a couple of weeks.

What should I look out for?

  • frequent ear infections.
  • unclear speech.
  • your child turns the TV volume up.
  • your child often asks for things to be repeated.
  • your child closely watches the face of who is speaking.
  • problems with school work.
  • behaviour problems.
  • problems with locating sounds.

What should I do if I notice any of the above?

If you have concerns about any of these, or you have any other worries about hearing, you can discuss them with your GP or the school nurse. Your child can be referred for another hearing test. You can telephone 0114 271 7450 and we can help you.

What can I do to protect my child’s hearing?

Do not expose your child to cigarette smoke.

Avoid long periods of exposure to high levels of noise, such as those found in clubs, concerts or in the use of headphones at high volume.

When will my child’s hearing be tested again?

There will be no further routine test of hearing.

Who will get a copy of this test?

A letter summarising today’s test results will be sent to your family doctor, school nurse, and to any other health professional involved with your child. If you have not received a copy of the hearing test 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 resource please call us and ask to speak to an audiologist.

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If you have any concerns or questions, please ring 0114 271 7450

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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: AUD3

Resource Type: Article

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