FREE ONLINE HEARING QUIZ
Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities diagnosed at birth, however most children with hearing loss develop it later in childhood. Common signs of hearing loss can include a child watching facial expressions more intently than usual, difficulty focusing in crowded or noisy places such as supermarkets, touching or pulling on their ears, not responding to their name when called, and listening to the TV louder than necessary.
“Currently our health system doesn’t have routine hearing tests in place for children after newborn infant screening, so it’s very important for parents to be aware of the signs and to speak up if they think something might be amiss,”
says Dr Jim Hungerford, CEO of The Shepherd Centre. “Many people don’t realise 92 per cent of deaf children are born to hearing parents and the majority of these children are being diagnosed as a toddler. Parents can give their children the best chance at success by picking up on it and beginning early intervention support as early as possible.”
The Shepherd Centre has launched a free online quiz to help you work out whether your child has hearing loss. To determine whether your child needs their hearing checked, visit www.shepherdcentre.org.au/hearingquiz.