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Hearing assessmentsa baby receiving ear care

  • We assess children aged 0-18 years
  • The Paediatric Audiology service is available for babies, children and young people in Tameside and Glossop, where there is a concern about their hearing or a known hearing problem
  • We offer a specialist service to diagnose and help babies, children and young people with hearing loss
  • We aim to accurately assess a child’s hearing levels and identify the type and degree if any hearing loss is present. This may require more than one assessment
  • The test most appropriate to the child’s age, development and interest is used
  • Most tests in the clinic will require your child to be alert and happy to participate in the tests with the Audiologist
  • Some testing on very young infants will require that your child will need to be asleep. This will be explained in the appointment letter
  • Testing is performed in a sound proofed room and a combination of tests may be used to obtain as much information as possible

Aetiology - investigating the cause of permanent hearing loss

A hearing problem is not always obvious, particularly in young children. 

There are different degrees and types of hearing impairment. Some hearing losses can be temporary and fluctuate, other Hearing losses may be permanent. 

Although a child may respond to some sounds around the home, they may not be able to hear all the sounds that they should be hearing. This may affect a child’s development especially for speech and language.

Onward referrals

If required referrals will be made to the appropriate professional.

  • Hearing aid.JPGWe fit and evaluate the progress of children with hearing aids
  • Latest technology hearing aids (variety of colours available)
  • Hearing aids are individually programmed through a computer, to the person’s hearing test
  • Hearing tests are recommended every three years
  • There are different ear fittings which can be fitted dependent on the patients hearing needs; Minifit / Thin Tubes or ear moulds (can be available in various colours)
  • Programmes can be added to enhance listening in different environments - these are activated by the Audiologist after discussing the patients individual requirements
  • The Audiologist will have in depth discussions before and after the hearing aid fitting

 

 

an earmould hearing aid in earMaintenance - Earmould

You need your hearing aid tubing changing every six months.

Either make an appointment at the hospital or drop into one of our open-access clinics.

A minifit/thin tube hearing aid in earMaintenance - Minifit / Thin Tube

You need your hearing aid tubing changing every six months.

Either make an appointment at the hospital or drop into one of our open-access clinics.

swim plugs

Swim moulds provide an opportunity to adults and young children to take part in their normal day to day water based activities, such as showering, swimming etc. Swim moulds generally provide an added layer of protection, protecting the ear canal and middle ear from infections.

There is an additional cost of £15 per swim plug.

If any known service users would like a swim plug please contact the department on 0161 922 6381.

A group of 9 staff members

Our team

  • 9 Senior Audiologists
  • 2 Assistant Technical Officers (ATO)
  • 2 Receptionists

As we have close links with The University of Manchester we often have students working with us in clinic. They gain valuable experience from their time in the department. If you would prefer not to have them present, please inform the Receptionist or Audiologist in clinic.

Base

The Hearing Centre - Audiology Services
Yellow Suite
Hartshead Building North
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Fountain Street
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL6 9RW

Qualifications & Experience

  • Qualified via the BAAT, BSc or MSc Audiology training routes
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We are part of a multidisciplinary team of Audiologists, Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, ENT Doctors and Specialist Teachers.

Referral to the other members of the team can be made directly if this is required.

The Paediatric Audiology Service follows national guidelines and recognised best practice whilst also meeting the individual needs of children and their families.

We involve parents in the decision making for their child and in the development and improvement of our services.

Currently our department works closely with:

Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) Department

  • We perform various diagnostic assessments for our ENT colleagues
  • We liaise with ENT to provide a seamless service for hearing aid users

Nurse Led Clinic

In addition to our own wax clearance service we can provide a referral for wax clearance for more complex cases i.e. mastoid cavities, perforations etc.

Education - Hearing Impaired Team / Teacher of the Deaf (ToD)

Liaising to ensure children cope within the school environment.

Sensory Support Services / Social Services

Sensory Support Services / Social Services can provide help and advice on adaptations in the home.

Speech & Language Therapy

Referrals can be made for children with speech and language delay.

Children may be referred due to parental or professional concern about hearing or speech and language development. We accept referrals from:

  • ENT Doctors
  • GPs
  • Health Visitors
  • Paediatricians
  • School Nurses
  • Specialist Teachers for the Hearing Impaired
  • Speech and Language Therapists 

We aim to see children within 6 weeks of receiving the referral. If your child is unwell please contact the department so that the appointment can be rearranged.

If an interpreter is required, please ensure that the person referring your child tells us or you contact us well in advance of the appointment so that this can be arranged.

Appointments usually last 20-30 minutes, but may be up to 90 minutes depending on the type of appointment. Please allow sufficient time for travel and parking (charges apply).

We will also ask some questions about your child’s health and development and any family history of hearing loss. New patients will be sent a questionnaire with the appointment letter to bring to the appointment.

Hearing Assessments and ABR Appointments

These are undertaken in the Children’s Outpatients at Tameside General Hospital. This is a specially designed children’s area with a large playroom/waiting area, toilets and changing facilities. On arrival please book in with the reception staff at:

Children’s Outpatients

Hartshead Building South

Tameside General Hospital

Fountain Street

Ashton-under-Lyne

OL6 9RW  

Hearing Aid Appointments

These are undertaken in the yellow suite at  Tameside General Hospital. On arrival please book in with the reception staff at:

The Hearing Centre - Audiology Services

Yellow Suite 

Hartshead Building North

Tameside General Hospital

Fountain Street

Ashton-under-Lyne

OL6 9RW  

Our community clinics are open. Please contact us to book an appointment slot and specify where you would like to be seen.  

Specialist teachers are available to offer help and advice about using hearing aids in school. Contact details for education support:

Tameside

Sensory Support Service

Hearing Impairment Team

Ryecroft Hall

Manchester Road

Audenshaw

M34 5ZJ

Tel: 0161 342 4268

Fax: 0161 342 4274

Minicom: 0161 342 4272  

Derbyshire

SEN Support Services

Grange Street

Alfreton

DE55 7JA

Tel: 01629 532 488 (Term Time)

Derbyshire

SEN Support Services Centre

School Road

Chesterfield

S41 8LJ

Tel: 01629 537 686 (School Holidays)

Assistive Devices & Advice

These services can provide help and advice on adaptations in the home. You can self refer for these or ask your Audiologist to refer you:

Tameside

Children with Disabilities Team

Gardenfold Way

Droylsden

M43 7XU

Tel: 0161 371 2060

Minicom: 0161 371 2076

Fax: 0161 371 2061

Derbyshire

Deaf & Hearing Support

30 Wheatbridge Road (Medical Centre)

Chesterfield

S40 2AB

Tel: 01256 555 934

Minicom: 01246 555 933

Email: info@deafandhaeringsupport.co.uk

Connevans

Equipment to help deaf and hard of hearing people at home, work or in education.

C2Hear

Information about hearing aids which is suitable for older children and parents on re-tubing and fitting hearing aids, how to troubleshoot and other useful videos

National Deaf Children's Society

The National Deaf Children's Society is a charity for deaf children and young people. The website has lots of invaluable information about hearing loss and hearing aids, and you can find some useful videos such as how to re-tube your child’s earmould. For leaflet download you need to be a member but it is free to join, and for parents as well if they want to download anything. They have:

British Tinnitus Association

Links to tinnitus leaflets and resources designed specifically for children.

The Elizabeth Foundation

May be able to assist with virtual family counselling.

Hear Glue Ear App

Songs, games and books to support children with glue ear as well as links to further information for parents.

Ida Institute

Counselling tools for children of varying ages 

Auditory Skills

These are good resources for developing auditory skills for Deaf children, and helpful for children who have general difficulties with their hearing:

Deaf Communication Courses

The following provide deaf communication courses, such as British Sign Language (BSL), lip reading and communication support etc.

 

Patient Information & Leaflets

Appointments

Children's Audio & Tymp Clinic

Children's Hearing Assessment Clinic

Transitioning to Adult Audiology

Maintenance & Troubleshooting

Children's Hearing Aids

Minifit / Thin Tube Cleaning Guide

Minifit / Thin Tube Insertion Guide

Ear Mould Retubing Guide

Ear Mould Tubing & Attachment Guide

Ear Mould Cleaning & Insertion Guide

Ear Mould Insertion Video

How to turn your hearing aid on/off

Hearing Aid Troubleshooting Guide