Screening and Diagnosis Diagnosing hearing loss

Some babies receive normal results after hearing testing. If there are no risk factors for these children, they are discharged. If risk factors are found, but hearing is normal, a review is arranged by the audiologist at an appropriate time.

If a hearing loss is diagnosed, the baby will usually be referred to Australian Hearing. Australian Hearing is required to provide an initial appointment promptly following a new diagnosis of hearing loss. For infants, this is currently within 10 business days of the referral.

About Australian Hearing:

Children up to 21 years of age, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, are eligible for government-funded hearing services from Australian Hearing. This includes (but is not limited to) providing and fitting hearing aids and other listening devices. Babies under 6 months are always seen by experienced Paediatric Specialist audiologists – and so may initially be referred to a specific Australian Hearing centre (that may not be the closest centre locally), to ensure they get the best service and advice possible.

In addition, all children diagnosed with a hearing loss need to be seen by either a paediatrician or Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist for further medical investigations. This referral may be arranged by the diagnosing audiologist, or by the Australian Hearing audiologist or in consultation with the child’s GP.