Paediatric Audiology: Children's Hearing Service
What is the Children's Hearing Service?
The Children's Hearing Service (or Paediatric Audiology) is
available for babies, children and young people in Manchester where
there is a concern about their hearing or a known hearing problem.
It offers a comprehensive and specialist clinical service to
diagnose and help babies, children and young people with hearing
A hearing problem is not always obvious, particularly in young
children. There are different degrees and types of hearing impairment. Although a child may
respond to some sounds around the home, they may not be able to
hear all the sounds that they should be hearing.
- A child may not respond to some sounds around the house e.g. a
key turning in a lock, creaking floors, or a door opening.
- A child may have difficulty hearing you when you are out of
- A child may not respond to quiet sounds but respond to loud
- A child may have more difficulty hearing in noisy places.
- A child's behaviour may alter, becoming more disruptive or
The level at which a child can hear plays a major role in
their development and their ability to develop good speech and
All babies born in England
are offered a hearing screen shortly after birth. A clear response
on the hearing screen means that there is unlikely to be a hearing
loss that will significantly affect the development of speech and
language. This hearing screening test will allow those babies
who do have a hearing loss to be identified early. Early
identification is known to be important for the development of the
child. It also means that support and information can be provided
to parents at an early stage.
Who is the service for?
The Children's Hearing Service is a service for babies, children
and young people who:
- need a hearing test because of concerns about their hearing or
- have a known hearing loss and need help and support
The service receives referrals from any professionals in contact
with children and young people where there are concerns about the
hearing. We are also happy to see children at the request of
parents if your child has previously been seen in the department
and discharged but you have concerns.
Who's on the team?
The service is part of a local team of a range of different
professionals working with children. The team includes:
- Clinical scientists
- Consultant community paediatricians
- Audiological physicians
- Specialist speech and language therapists
- Teachers of the Hearing Impaired
- Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors
What services are provided?
Services offered include:
- Specialist hearing assessment from newborn babies to
- Fitting of hearing aids
- Evaluation of progress with hearing aids
- Assessment for cochlear implantation and other specialist
hearing aids as appropriate
- To provide you with an excellent service to meet your
- To give you individual attention
- To offer you access to any service within the department
- To offer you a suitable appointment date
- To make every effort to see you for an appointment on time
- To be available to you should you or your child need advice or
- To provide support when you are coming to terms with a hearing
- To offer you help if a hearing loss causes problems when yours
or your child's lifestyle changes
- To ensure you and your child feel confident and happy using a
The Paediatric Audiology Service follows national guidelines and
recognised best practice whilst also meeting the individual needs
of children and their families. We involve parents in the decision
making for their child and in the development and improvement of
We are also actively involved in the Children's Hearing Services
Working Group (CHSWG) for Central Manchester that works to promote
the development of all services to support children and their
What parents say about our service
"Clinical staff were very warm and welcoming and information was
communicated at every step which made me feel inclusive. Thank
"I was pleased with the service given."
"We were given lots of information and our concerns were dealt