There are five simple steps required to setup and play Sound Scouts. It is important that an adult fills out the necessary information and oversees testing.
Step 1. Prepare the child for the test by ensuring they have eaten and been to the bathroom. Ensure the room where the game will be played is quiet and free from distractions.
Step 2. Plug a set of headphones or earbuds into your iPad or Android tablet or mobile phone. Choose the best quality pair of headphones/earbuds available. (Do not use surround sound headphones).
Step 3. Complete the ‘Your Profile’ and ‘Child’s Information’ sections. It is important to correctly enter the month and year of the child’s birth, as age is important in the calculation of the final result. An email address is requested so the test results can be automatically sent to a parent or caregiver. When necessary the email address is also used to provide follow up information about the results. The results will also be provided on the device at the end of the test.
Once set-up has been finished an adult is required to complete a short activity to assist with testing. When done, invite the child to sit at the iPad or Android tablet or mobile phone with headphones at the ready.
Explain to your the child that they are going to play a listening game where they will need to follow the instructions and tap or drag the items on the screen as instructed. Encourage them to listen carefully and to only interact when they hear the sounds.
Step 4. With the child now wearing the headphones, the adult should observe game-play to ensure the child is playing the game correctly. Prompts to listen carefully may be necessary. (Adults can play the Trial Run of the game to better understand the experience).
The child plays the game which takes approx. 10 minutes. On completion an Internet connection is required to process the results and send the Report. If an internet connection is not available the test results will be stored on the device and can be processed when a connection becomes available (go to Past Sessions to access test sessions that have not been processed).
Step 5. Parents should review the report sent to them via email. If testing indicates a middle ear problem, parents should seek advice from their doctor. Some conditions, such as ear infections, can be treated by a GP. If test results indicate an inner ear problem parents may wish to see Australian Hearing or an audiologist for expert help and advice. If indication of “difficulty hearing in noise” is received parents should seek further advice from an audiologist, Australian Hearing or a speech pathologist.
If you would like to test more than one child, it is recommended that the second child does not watch the testing process. Familiarity with the game may alter the results.