Paediatric audiovestibular medicine clinics 

Who do we see?

  • Children from birth to 19 years of age with all kinds of deafness and hearing disorders: hearing difficulties, hearing loss, deafness (stable or progressive), tinnitus, auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, auditory processing difficulties/disorder, hyperacusis.
  • Children under 5 years of age with speech and language delay where hearing loss is questioned
  • Children with vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders

What do we do?

We provide a holistic child-centred multi-disciplinary service which includes:

  • Diagnostic testing of babies referred from the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) and subsequent investigation and management.
  • Hearing evaluation: visual reinforcement audiometry, pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, oto-acoustic emissions, speech perception tests, stapedial reflexes, auditory brain-stem evoked response for threshold and latencies, cortical evoked response audiometry.
  • Medical and multidisciplinary assessment of hearing, listening and balance difficulties.
  • Support and counselling for children with a hearing loss and their families.
  • Assessment of speech, language, communication, education, and development of language, speech and listening skills if indicated
  • Vestibular assessment if indicated
  • Psychological support and assessment if indicated

What happens next?

    • Medical investigations of cause of deafness or imbalance and vertigo including urine, blood, scans
    • Medical management of treatable conditions identified including ‘glue ear’ (otitis media with effusion) and vertigo
    • Hearing aid prescription and fitting
    • Advice on development of hearing, listening, language and communication skills
    • Advice on medical and surgical management of deafness
    • Advice on choices about communication and education available to families of deaf children
    • Information about local and national support groups /societies
    • Management/advice about vertigo and balance disorders

Who are we?

Audiovestibular physicians, audiologists, specialist nurses, play leader, specialist speech & language therapist for the deaf, specialist teacher of the deaf, clinical psychologists

Referrals accepted from:

  • NHS e-Referral Service (formally Choose and Book referrals)
  • General practitioners (GPs)
  • Consultant paediatricians
  • ENT surgeons
  • Second tier community audiology clinics
  • Audiovestibular physicians
  • NHSP programme

Clinic frequency

Clinics are held on a daily basis