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How often will my child be seen? The first hearing aid review appointment will be a few weeks after your child’s hearing aids are fitted. They may need to be seen every 2 to 3 months begin with. Your child will then need regular hearing aid reviews until they reach 16 years old. At every…...

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Your child has now had their cochlear implants switched on. So what support can Hearing Services provide? The centre that provided your cochlear implant will continue to monitor your child’s hearing from now on. Hearing Services will not send routine appointments to be seen at Sheffield...

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BAHD stands for bone anchored hearing device When will my child be fitted with the BAHD? The BAHD sound processor is ordered for your child and is usually kept in the hospital until it is considered safe to fit it. If you already have a softband BAHD we will use your existing hearing processor....

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How can I help my child with their hearing aids? Make sure you attend all appointments in hearing services and bring the hearing aids to all appointments. If you are unable to attend, then you must call beforehand and rearrange. How often will we need to come to the hospital now my child’s...

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Where will I be transferred to? Regional Department of Neurotology and Hearing Services Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH) Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2JF. The entrance to the department is Entrance 7 on ‘B’ Road (see map) What happens next? During your transition, you and your clinician will...

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What is unilateral hearing loss? This is when the hearing in one ear is normal but the hearing in the other ear is not. How will this affect my child? The good news is that most children with this sort of hearing loss manage very well. Speech and language usually develop in the normal way.…...

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Your doctor has asked for tests to be done on your child’s balance system. This includes the vestibular organs in the inner ear which controls balance. These tests are sometimes done when a someone has: dizziness vertigo unsteadiness poor balance This resource explains what vertigo is, and...

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All children with Down’s syndrome need their hearing tested on a regular basis. If your child passed their new born hearing test, they will have a follow up hearing test at 8 months old at Sheffield Children’s Hearing Services. Why do they need a further hearing test? This is because children...

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What is hyperacusis? Children with hyperacusis have difficulty tolerating sounds which do not bother others. For example, noise from the washing machine, vacuum cleaner, traffic noise or shuffling papers. For some children they may only experience hyperacusis for some sounds. Not all noises of the...

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What is a clinical psychologist? The clinical psychology team who work at Sheffield Children’s Hospital try to help young people and their families in times of emotional difficulty. Our job is to listen to your concerns and try to understand your situation so that we can work together to find a...

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What is a brainstem evoked response (BSER) test? This is a way of checking hearing that can be used on anybody from babies to adults. Babies and young children need to be asleep for the test. Older children must lie very still, or the test will not work. Ideally, we recommend you arrive at...

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What does ear care involve? Your child has wax in their ears that needs to be softened. This can be done using olive oil or bicarbonate of soda ear drops, which you can buy at a chemist. Sometimes drops will soften the wax enough to let the wax to come out naturally. Or you may… Continue...

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What is a softband bone anchored hearing device? Softband bone anchored hearing devices (BAHD) are a type of hearing aid that can be used for children that have difficulty using traditional behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. For example if they have: frequent ear infections. underdeveloped outer...

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What is auditory processing? Auditory processing is the ability to break down speech (strings of sound) up into words, groups of sounds and individual phonemes. The problem is not with hearing, but with making sense of what you are hearing. What is it like to have an auditory processing difficulty?...

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