If you’re concerned about your child′s hearing, it’s important to get an audiologist to check it. If your child does have a hearing loss, finding it early is good for their language, learning and social development.
Did you know that about 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents? So even if there is no history of hearing problems in your family, you need to be alert to any signs that your child might not be hearing properly.
For a start, see our guide to Your Child's Hearing. Then check with your doctor.
Talk to the teacher, your family doctor or arrange a hearing test through a Public Health Nurse (this can be arranged through the school).
We were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust and Manukau Community Organisation grants programme to do a campaign to encourage all parents and caregivers to get their children's hearing tested. The campaign, started in Hearing Week, helps to raise awareness and highlight possible strategies to prevent hearing loss or mitigate its impact through early identification.
To find an audiologist, visit the New Zealand Audiological Society.
Equipment for children and young people who are Deaf or have hearing loss. Includes FM systems, replacement hearing aids.
About hearing checks for preschool children – Kidshealth.org.nz