Routine hearing test schedule for babies
Routine hearing tests are offered to newborn babies and children to identify any problems early on in their development.
Within a few weeks of birth: This is known as newborn hearing screening and it's often carried out before you leave hospital after giving birth. This is routine for all children and even those having a home birth will be invited to come to hospital to have this.
From 9 months to 2.5 years of age: You may be asked whether you have any concerns about your child's hearing as part of your baby's health and development reviews, and hearing tests can be arranged if necessary.
At around 4 or 5 years old:Some children will have a hearing test when they start school, this may be conducted at school or an audiology department depending upon where you live.
Your child's hearing can also be checked at any other time if you have any concerns. Speak to a GP or health visitor if you're worried about your child's hearing.
For more information about hearing test for children visit the NHS website.
Spotting signs of a hearing problem in older children
Although your child will be offered routine hearing tests as they grow up, it's still important for you to look out for signs of any problems and seek advice if you have any concerns.
In older children, signs of a possible hearing problem can include:
- inattentiveness or poor concentration
- not responding when their name is called
- talking loudly and listening to the television at a high volume
- difficulty pinpointing where a sound is coming from
- mispronouncing words
- a change in their progress at school