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Audiology and Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP)

The community paediatric audiology service treats hearing and balance disorders in all children, referred aged 0-18 years, at health centres and hospitals around Central and South Manchester.

We have a team of very experienced Audiologists and Medical Consultants who are able to see children, within a six week timeframe from the date of their referral.

The service provides hearing aids, where appropriate, to children living in south Manchester with regular reviews until they move on to adult services.

We undertake specialised assessments, confirming and managing temporary and permanent hearing loss in those babies, children and young people referred to the service.

We communicate with other professionals and the voluntary sector to maximise a child's rehabilitation.  We also actively participate in research, training and development with other health professionals.

Our services

For children and young people

  • Screen the hearing at birth of all children resident and born in Manchester, Trafford, Salford and Bury subject to the parents' wishes
  • Assess the hearing and ears of any child referred to the service
  • Fit hearing aids to children where appropriate

Special clinics

  • Aetiology clinics  - to investigate the cause of hearing loss in children
  • Auditory Processing Disorder clinics -  for children who struggle with their listening and their processing of sounds
  • Microsuction clinics - to examine and treat ears (wax removal, treat infections etc.) using the microscope
  • Paediatric vestibular clinics - to assess balance and dizziness problems in children
  • Single sided deafness clinics - for children who have no hearing in one ear and normal hearing in the other ear
  • Tinnitus and Hyperacusis clinics- for children with noises in their ears or their head and/or children who are very sensitive to some sounds

For health professionals

  • Train and monitor school nurses in the techniques of school age hearing screening
  • Teach and train other health professionals about hearing loss, its effects and treatment
  • Provide audiology input into the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man Cleft Lip and Palate Network
  • Teach and train Audiology and Medical students from The University of Manchester

Office Location

Moss Side Health Centre Monton Street Moss Side Manchester M14


8.30 am - 4.30 pm (24 hour answerphone)

Contact Details

0161 232 4214 or 4215 (Audiology) 0161 232 1511 (Newborn Hearing Screening)

Fax - 0161 232 4213

Text - 0787 098 6792

E-mail -cmm-tr.communityaudiology@nhs.net


Dr Colm Madden, Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine - Paediatric Audiology/Head of Service

Dr Shailaja Kottapalli, Consultant in Audiovestibular Medicine - Paediatric Audiology

Susan Meredith, Acting Operational Manager - Audiology/Admin Cluster Lead

Rebecca Parveen, Newborn Hearing Screening Manager

Emma Oddie, Deputy Newborn Hearing Screening Manager



Hearing and Balance problems, Auditory Processing Disorders, Tinnitus and Hyperacusis, Single Sided Deafness, Microsuction, Aetiology.


The NHSP service offers a universal hearing screening test to all children born and/or living in Manchester, Trafford, Salford and Bury.

The Audiology service has an open referral system for babies, children up to the age of 18 years, if they are in full time education.

Sources of referral are any professional involved with the patient and parents/carers or the patient themselves.

Additional Information

Newborn Hearing Screening Programme information http://hearing.screening.nhs.uk/

National Deaf Children's Society http://www.ndcs.org.uk

The Deaf Children's Society - The Buzz (tailored specifically for children and young people) http://www.ndcsbuzz.org.uk


2014/15 Bronze Award Green Impact

2010 100% achievement in Quality Labels Governance Reviews - Audiology

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