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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
" I felt so guilty that I didn't pick up on her having hearing issues sooner. We just thought she had a loud personality, we didn't realise she couldn't hear properly. I shudder to think how much she would have missed at school, both socially and academically if I hadn't downloaded Sound Scouts. We visited an Ear Nose and Throat specialist who confirmed Elyse needed surgery for glue ear."
Kylie, mother of Elyse, School Starter 2016
"Even when I knew that Summer had speech problems, I didn't really think it would affect her too much at school. However, seeing the hearing test results on the screen for myself after she had played Sound Scouts, it brought home the importance of the situation, and made it easier for me to accept that Summer would need a hearing aid to help her hear in the classroom. "
Anthea (Parent) of Summer 9 years old
"I am going back into the classroom next year and I will certainly be spreading the word about Sound Scouts at my school. So many times throughout my teaching career I have questioned a child's hearing and this app will allow us to provide parents with data to encourage them to seek further advice. "
Lisa (Teacher Queensland)
"Sound Scouts identified a hearing issue in my son, which we followed up on with Australian Hearing. He was recommended a hearing aid system which he wore to school for the first time today. I have a different boy tonight. After school he is usually cranky and on edge and needs to be alone. Today he was relaxed, happy and joking around. He said he could hear the instructions in music class for the first time ever and normal classes were easier. "
Gemma (Parent) of Jai 8 years old
"As many of our students are remote, we have a continual struggle with waiting times and access to services. Sometimes it can take months to get a referral to an audiologist not to mention the lost work time and travel costs; It is fantastic to have access to something like Sound Scouts that is evidence-based and doesn't require teachers to travel long distances. "
Monique (Regional Teacher Victoria)