You may use any set of reasonable quality headphones or earbuds. Do NOT use surround sound or gaming headphones as they will interfere with how the sound is delivered in the game and the results will not represent the child’s true hearing ability.
Recommended headphones include: Sennheiser HD 100
We recommend supervising adults download the Sound Scouts app and view the instructional video prior to involving the child. When you are ready to test the child ensure they have eaten and been to the toilet. The adult needs to fill in some details about the child and then complete a short, simple, game-based exercise. The adult is then required to supervise the child while they play. Tell the child that they need to listen carefully and respond when they hear the sounds. If they can’t hear the sound they should continue to listen and the sound will get louder. Adults should also ensure the child does not tap the screen randomly. If the child is tapping randomly then instruct them to listen carefully.
A player may receive a borderline result for a number of reasons. If the game was carried out in a quiet place with no distractions and the player was paying attention the Borderline result may be due to a very mild hearing issue.
If the background noise is too high this may also impact the results and generate a Borderline result.
A borderline result does not use a game session. If the player receives a borderline result it is recommended that they repeat the test after one week in a quiet environment.
If a child/player taps the screen too many times or if the results are not consistent (ie highly variable) an invalid result may be generated. An invalid result does not use a game session. If the child receives an invalid result it is recommended they be retested under supervision and in a quiet environment.
Colour blindness may affect the results as players are required to identify coloured items.
If you have concerns about the players ability to distinguish colours we recommend they complete a colour blindness check before playing Sound Scouts.
NB: Adults completing the ‘calibration’ exercise will also need to identify colours.
After the test the results are displayed on the device. If an email address is provided (which we strongly recommend) the results will also be sent via email. If a hearing issue is detected, where possible, the results will provide a guide as to the next best steps for treatment.
The Sound Scouts Report can be used as a referral for Australian Hearing services if an inner ear issue is detected.
Regardless of the results, if the child is thought to have a hearing issue we recommend further investigation.