Types of Hearing Tests for Children

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At Audi Hearing, we understand the critical role that early detection and intervention play in managing hearing loss in children. This guide explores various types of hearing tests designed specifically for children, helping parents and guardians make informed decisions about their child’s auditory health.

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Hearing is a vital sense for a child’s development in terms of speech, social skills, and education. Identifying hearing issues early can significantly enhance the effectiveness of treatment plans. Audi Hearing offers a range of pediatric hearing assessments tailored to children’s unique needs and developmental stages.

Key Takeaways

  • Early Detection is Crucial: Early identification of hearing issues can greatly improve outcomes.
  • Tailored to Children: Tests are designed to be engaging and non-invasive to suit young patients.
  • Regular Check-ups Recommended: Regular hearing assessments are vital as children grow and develop.
  • Professional Guidance: Audi Hearing provides expert guidance and support throughout the testing process.

Overview of Hearing Tests for Children 

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Test

This test measures sound waves produced in the inner ear, which can indicate normal hearing function. It’s quick and can be performed while the child is asleep. This test is often used for newborns and infants. You can found more information about newborn hearing screening here.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test

The ABR test assesses how the brain processes sound by measuring the responding brain activity. This test is crucial for children who cannot respond to traditional hearing tests due to age or other limitations.

Behavioural Audiometry

Suited for toddlers and older children, this test involves playing sounds through speakers or headphones and observing the child’s responses to the sounds. Audiologists use various toys and games to engage the child and gauge their hearing capabilities.


Tympanometry test examines the function of the middle ear by varying air pressure in the ear canal, which helps detect fluid in the ear, earwax blockage, and issues with the eardrum. 

Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)

VRA is used with children from six months to three years old. It involves using visual stimuli to reward the child when they respond to a sound, helping to assess their hearing ability.

Importance of Regular Hearing Assessments

Regular hearing assessments are crucial as they help track the progression of a child’s hearing and development. Early detection of potential hearing issues can lead to timely intervention, which is often less invasive and more effective. Discover more about the importance of these assessments on our online hearing test page.

Customising Hearing Tests for Different Ages

Children vary not only in their developmental stages but also in how they can respond to tests, which necessitates a customised approach for each age group. For infants, tests like OAE and ABR are preferable because they do not require active participation from the child. As children grow older and become more responsive, more interactive tests such as Behavioural Audiometry and Visual Reinforcement Audiometry become appropriate.

Conditioned Play Audiometry (CPA)

As children reach preschool age, Conditioned Play Audiometry becomes an effective method to evaluate their hearing. In CPA, children are taught to perform a simple activity, like placing a block in a bucket, every time they hear a sound. This method makes the test enjoyable while providing accurate assessments of the child’s auditory threshold. This approach can transform a potentially intimidating situation into a fun and engaging game, ensuring more reliable results.

The Role of Parents and Guardians

Parental involvement is crucial in the hearing test process. Before conducting tests, audiologist often meet with parents to explain the procedures and discuss any signs of hearing issues they may have noticed in their child. This initial conversation is key to customising the test to suit the child’s specific needs and to alleviate any concerns parents might have.

Additionally, educating parents about what signs to look for and how to support their child through the testing process can greatly impact the outcomes.

Technological Advancements in Pediatric Hearing Tests 

The field of audiology is continually benefiting from technological advancements, and pediatric hearing assessments are no exception. Modern hearing tests are now more accurate and less invasive, with equipment specifically designed to be child-friendly and tests that can be adjusted in real-time based on the child’s engagement and response.

For example, advanced audiometers used today can adapt tests to maintain a child’s attention by incorporating interactive elements such as animated visuals or incorporating elements of gamification. These improvements not only enhance the accuracy of the tests but also make the experience less stressful for children.

Educational and Emotional Considerations

Understanding a child’s hearing ability is not just about diagnosing hearing levels but also about understanding how they perceive and interact with their environment. Audiologists at Audi Hearing are trained to assess not only the auditory capacity but also the child’s ability to use hearing in educational and social settings. This holistic approach ensures that each child receives the most effective interventions to support their overall development.

By employing a child-centric approach and utilising the latest advancements in audiology, Audi Hearing strives to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full auditory potential. Through continuous research and dedication to pediatric hearing health, we remain committed to enhancing the auditory and overall developmental trajectories of children.


Audi Hearing is dedicated to providing comprehensive auditory assessments for children, ensuring they receive the support needed to thrive in all aspects of life. If you suspect your child may benefit from a hearing test, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. Let’s ensure your child’s world is filled with as many sounds as possible.


Children should have their hearing tested as newborns and regularly throughout their development.

Signs that may indicate a hearing test is needed include not reacting to loud noises, delayed speech development, or frequently not responding when called.

Yes, all hearing tests for children are safe, non-invasive, and designed to be as comfortable as possible.

If a child does not pass a hearing test, further assessments will be recommended to determine the type of hearing loss and the best treatment options.

Yes, many options are available for treating hearing loss in children, including medical treatment, hearing aids, and therapeutic techniques. For more information, visit our hearing aids page.

Audi Hearing offers a range of pediatric hearing tests tailored to meet the needs of children at different developmental stages. Visit our Services page for more information.

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