Children's Audiology

What we do

We will provide an assessment if there are concerns regarding a child’s hearing or if the child is at risk of developing a hearing loss.

We deliver a school hearing screen service to all pupils who attend a Warrington school in the reception and year one.

We are responsible for the care of patients identified with Permanent Childhood Hearing Impairment. We generate a patient specific plan in consultation with the parents/ guardians.

The plan will follow Local Care-Pathways, National Guidelines and Quality Standards.

We aim to maximise audibility in order that the child can access speech sounds. The strategies used are determined by the needs of the individual and family and may include listening tactics, amplification with hearing aids, and referral for surgical intervention such as implantable devices or grommet insertion.

We work closely with the Specialist Teachers for children with Hearing Impairment and other multiagency professionals in order to ensure the best possible access to the Curriculum in the school setting and communication in the early years / home environment.


Where we work

We are based in Community Clinics; the majority of children with hearing impairment are seen in the purpose built audiology suite at the Child Development Centre, Sandy Lane, Orford.

The Child Development Centre is child and family friendly with disabled access.

Clinics are also held in Westbrook Medical Centre and The Baths Health & Wellbeing Centre.


Who we see

We see any child or young person where hearing is a concern or an identified issue.

The Children’s Audiology is available for all Warrington residents and/or people registered with a Warrington GP practice aged 0-16 years.

If the young person has been provided with hearing aids or have additional needs that require the expertise and testing facilities of Children’s Audiology they can be seen up to the age of 19 years

Who to contact

Telephone
01925 867882
01925 575173
Website
www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/warrington/childrensaudiology/

Where to go

Name
Child Development Centre
Address
Children's Audiology Service
Sandy Lane
Warrington
Postcode
WA2 9HY

Other details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral details

We have an open referral policy (parents or professionals can refer) you can contact the office directly regarding the concerns that you have about your child.

The clerical team will document your concerns and pass the referral to the service lead, to ensure that your child is seen by the most appropriate professional within the audiology service.

If a professional is already involved with your child then it is often helpful if they make the referral so they can detail their involvement with your child and concerns.