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Paediatric Audiovestibular Medicine Service

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 receiving their referral.

The service provides hearing aids, where appropriate, to children with a South Manchester GP 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.


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, with a South or Central Manchester GP.

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

Our services


The NHSP service will screen the hearing at birth and up to three months of age of all children resident and born in Manchester, Trafford, Salford and Bury subject to the parents' wishes

Paediatric Audiology

For children and young people with a Manchester South or Central GP

We will:

  • Assess the hearing and ears of any child referred to the service
  • Fit hearing aids to children where appropriate

We also provide the following 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, treatment of ear infections etc.)
  • 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 sounds
  • Transition clinics to organise the transfer of young people to adult audiology services where appropriate

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
  • Provide specialist services for referrals from East Cheshire

Office Location

Moss Side Health Centre, Monton Street, Moss Side, Manchester  M14 4GP


8.30 am - 4.30 pm (24 hour answerphone)

Contact Details

Tel:       0161 232 4214/4215 - 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

Michele Wildman, Operational Head of Service - Audiology and Newborn Hearing Screening

Emma Oddie, Deputy Newborn Hearing Screening Manager


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

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

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