No child should be held back by hearing loss

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1 in 10 children are held back at school by hearing loss.
Take action to ensure your child isn't one of them.

Hearing is one of our five senses, it’s important . Undetected HEARING LOSS in children can limit their ability to learn and play. If a child can only ‘half hear’ life will be very confusing. But hearing loss is not always obvious. A simple hearing test around the time a child starts school is the answer.

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Sound Scouts is the children’s hearing test designed to make testing easy. Sound Scouts incorporates the science of a hearing test in a fun game. Children focus on the story and respond to the sounds in the game. They don't even know they are being tested.

The Sound Scouts hearing App enables you to check your child’s hearing without leaving home. You can download the App and trial it for free. Then if you want the reassurance of knowing your child can clearly hear, you can make an in-app purchase. Each test provides a report and guidance on next steps if a problem is detected.

Hearing issues are a common cause of speech, learning and behavioural problems so it is important for all children to have their hearing tested. If a child struggles to hear, they'll also struggle to learn.


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Enable your child to thrive

Good hearing is critical for learning and socialising. Your child can't always tell if they are having trouble hearing so a simple hearing test is the best way to be sure.

A trusted solution

Sound Scouts has been developed in collaboration with the National Acoustic Laboratories, a world leader in hearing assessment and rehabilitation. It is recommended by Australian Hearing and is supported by NSW Health.

Time effective

Taking time off work to attend medical appointments is both inconvenient and costly. Sound Scouts enables children's hearing to be checked in any quiet place at a time that's suitable for the whole family.

The clinically validated Sound Scouts App sends a report directly to your e-mail, and health care professionals can view results via the Sound Scouts Clinical Portal.

Sound Scouts offers:

  • Convenience of at home testing
  • Affordability
  • Easy set up and supervision
  • Game play that helps children stay focused

Get it now on iOS (iPad only) and Android Tablets*

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The importance of testing

One in six Australians suffer from hearing loss. If you think your child is having difficulty hearing clearly, you are not alone!

Children use their hearing to learn about the world around them and develop communication skills. This in turn affects their relationships with family and friends, their education and their later employment. The impact of hearing loss on a developing child can be significant, so the sooner issues are detected, and treatment or management is provided, the better chance a child has of living a normal life.

Signs of hearing loss:

  • Does your child talks louder than others?
  • Does your child turn the TV up too loud?
  • Does your child often say 'what' or 'huh'?
  • Does your child have trouble pronouncing words?
  • Does your child struggle at school?
  • Does your child have trouble hearing in noisy places
  • Does your child lose focus in noisy places?

Why use Sound Scouts?

The Sound Scouts hearing App can be used to detect conductive loss, sensorineural loss and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), which is said to affect between two to five percent of children. Once discovered hearing issues, including CAPD, can be treated or managed.

The advantage of a children’s hearing test in the form of a game is that the child remains engaged throughout the testing process. An adult can oversee the test and receive an immediate indication of the child's hearing health.




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