The top 5 questions about children and hearing loss

The impact of hearing loss in children is still commonly misunderstood. We recently asked our Facebook followers 5 questions to find out what they knew about this issue. Here are our answers: 1. Do Australian Primary school children have their hearing checked when they start school? In most states and territories, Australian primary school children do not have their hearing checked before starting school. In NSW, preschool children are offered a sight test, but not a hearing test.

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My child passed the newborn test, I don’t need to test their hearing again… right?

3 min read No! You do need to test again! We can’t stress enough how important it is to test your child’s hearing regularly throughout their education. Some parents have mistaken the newborn hearing test as a lifetime test of good hearing, but this is not the case. In fact, we suggest testing your hearing at least once a year – like you would your teeth and eyes. Why do I need to test my child’s hearing again?

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5 Things You Should Do Before Your Child Starts A New School Year

2 min read Everyone remembers the feeling of going back to school. Some look forward to it, many dread it, and for others it may be their first year of school, bringing nerves, tears, and sometimes tantrums. After a big break filled with fun and adventure, returning to school can be difficult. To ensure your child has a smooth transition back to school, there are things you can do to help prepare them for the challenge.

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Why hearing loss in kids can be hard for parents to spot

Emily Joyce, Freelance Writer If you were asked to recall specific events in the days after giving birth, you’d probably have a tough time. The intense mix of overwhelming joy and exhaustion cloud the details, but it’s likely you remember feeling relief when your baby passed the newborn hearing test. Then, like most parents, you probably haven’t given their hearing another thought. If you haven’t had your child’s hearing checked since those early days, it’s time to do so.

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Sound Scouts is now FREE for Australian school children thanks to Hearing Australia and funding from the Australian Government. Support available on 1300 424 122