Our audiology service at Evelina London Children’s Hospital is one of the largest in the country.

Our hearing specialists provide innovative hearing assessments for children of all ages, from babies to young adults. This includes routine tests, as well as caring for children with complex needs.

Experts in children's hearing

Our children’s audiology specialists provide both routine and specialist care.

Our routine care includes hearing tests for children of all ages as well as treatment for children with middle-ear infections. We also provide specialist care for children with significant hearing difficulties such as those who need fitting with hearing aids.

We offer gentle, age-appropriate assessments tailored to your child, which can include:

  • clinical history
  • otoscopy (looking in the ears)
  • tympanometry (a middle ear check of congestion or glue ear)
  • otoacoustic emission (an automated check of inner ear health)
  • age appropriate hearing tests
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Hearing tests for every age

We tailor our hearing tests depending on the age of your child. Find details of our assessments below.

For newborns, initial hearing assessments will take between 90 to 120 minutes.

Type of hearing tests

The type of hearing tests we offer for infants is an ‘auditory brainstem response’ test.

For more information about this hearing assessment, please watch our video about your baby’s first hearing test.

For pre-school age children, initial hearing assessments will take between 45 and 60 minutes.

Most preschool aged children are seen by 2 audiologists.

Type of hearing tests

The type of hearing test we offer for children aged approximately from 7 months to 2.5 years is a ‘visual reinforcement audiometry’ test.

During this test we teach your child to react to sounds by turning their head towards a reward, usually a picture of a familiar TV character. We then adjust the types and volume of the sounds to determine their hearing levels.

For children aged approximately 2.5 to 5 years we use a test called ‘play audiometry’.

During this test we teach your child to perform a game based task in response to a sound such as throw a ball or stack a cup. We then adjust the types and volume of the sounds that we play to determine their hearing levels.

For more information on how to prepare your child for this type of test, please watch our video about practicing for a hearing test.

We often use headphones to find out more about your child’s ears so it is helpful for you to practice using headphones with your child at home before your appointment with us.

If your child has any favourite toys, games or television shows, please let us know as we may be able to use these during the appointment.

School-age children will be seen by one audiologist. Usually we will ask your child to wear headphones and press a button when they hear a sound, this test is called ‘pure tone audiometry’.

You may find it useful to talk with your child about their hearing before the appointment to help them think of anything they may want to tell us, or any questions they may want to ask.

All children’s hearing tests are dependent on the co-operation and attention of the child.  While our expert team are very experienced in performing children’s hearing tests it may not always be possible to perform a complete hearing assessment during one appointment and we may recommend a follow up appointment to complete testing.

We will also discuss the results with you during the appointment and afterwards we will write a clinical appointment report for your records.

Hearing test prices

Audiology treatmentDescriptionPrice
Pre-school age hearing assessmentOver six months of age£290
School age hearing assessment5-18 years£230
Comprehensive infant assessmentAuditory brainstem response testing under natural sleep ( under 3 months)£605
Otoacoustic emissions testingAn automated test of inner ear health£50
Speech testingA type of hearing test using speech sounds£50
Acoustic reflex testingA test of a muscle reflex in the ear£50
Custom swimming ear plugOne single plug£60
Custom swimming ear plusOne pair of plugs£80

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Discover our team of children's audiology experts

Our clinical team is made up of over 20 experienced specialist paediatric audiologists and is managed by:

  • Kerri Farah – Head of children’s audiology and the newborn hearing screening
  • Keiran Joseph – Clinical lead