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The paediatric service is for children of all ages and young persons who have suspected hearing problems.

Age-appropriate hearing assessments are  carried out by audiovestibular physicians and/or audiologists.  The team works closely with ENT (ear, nose and throat) colleagues where surgical intervention is indicated for conditions such as glue ear.

Where the fitting of hearing aids is required, a range of hearing aids are offered, according  to the child or young person’s needs.  Follow-up care is provided for as long as needed.  If indicated, aetiological investigations are also offered to establish the cause of the hearing loss.

The Paediatric Audiology Service works as a team (involving other professionals like hearing support services, etc.) to provide a fully comprehensive service, tailored for an individual child’s needs.

Local and national protocols are closely followed with several audits in place to ensure we meet key performance indicators. Quality of the service is further maintained through active participation and co-leading in regional peer review groups (such as ABR peer review, VRA peer review and habilitation peer review groups).

Service Information

Services are offered for any borough from where we receive referral for specialist service. The majority of referrals to our service are received from Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Kingston boroughs.

We offer supra-specialist (both paediatric audiovestibular physician- and audiologist-led clinics) and community (audiologist-led) services.

Children who may require the supra-specialist services include those with:

  • Complex needs
  • A permanent hearing loss who require aetiological investigation to establish a possible cause
  • Balance or dizziness concerns
  • Troublesome tinnitus
  • Auditory processing difficulties
  • Children who have been unable to be assessed by community audiology services”

Appointments for supra-specialist clinics are offered at Lanesborough Wing, St George’s Hospital as well as  at Trevelyan House. Appointments for the community audiology clinics are offered at Queen Mary’s Hospital and Brocklebank Health Centre.

 Contact details for current patients:

If your child is already under the care of our St George’s service, you can contact us on 020 8725 1151 or e-mail on stgh-tr.audiology@nhs.net.To schedule or rearrange an appointment, you can contact us on 020 8266 6363 or email on audiologist.appointments@stgeorges.nhs.uk.  If you are new to the service, you will require a referral from your GP or other specialist. Your appointment is then arranged by the central bookings office, who can be reached on 020 8725 0007.

Referrals Process

Referrals are received from the newborn hearing screeners where the newborn hearing screen was incomplete or clear responses could not be obtained.

Referrals for children and young people of all ages are also received from GPs and specialists.  Referrals to St George’s Hospital can be booked via Choose and Book (a service that is accessed by your GP) or by faxing the referral to the central bookings office on 020 8725 4582.

Referrals from school nurses, parents and health visitors will be directed to the community audiology service based at Queen Mary’s Hospital and Brocklebank Health Centre, along with any referrals from GPs and specialists where supra-specialist advice is not required.

Child to Adult Transition

We offer a transition service for young adults moving from paediatric services (which are clinician-led) to adult services (which are patient-led).

We have a dedicated transition audiologist named: Emilee Gosnell, who can be contacted through the departmental contact number on 020 8725 1151 or via departmental email on stgh-tr.audiology@nhs.net.

We accept referrals from other paediatric services whose patients would like to transition to St George’s Hospital Adult Hearing Service. We accept referrals directly from paediatric audiology services and/or any professional working with a hearing impaired/deaf/deaf young adult aged 16-25 years old, provided that hearing aids are up to date and investigations into the cause of the hearing loss have been completed. The referral form can be found here (PDF).

We offer an initial introductory appointment in a special transition clinic prior to discharge from the paediatric services. We also offer supra-specialist clinics for adults with Additional Needs. We can transition young adults with special needs into this clinic.

Additional Resources

The National Deaf Children Society (NDCS) has a wide range of leaflets and information on childhood hearing impairment. Including advice on education, benefits and support, additional disabilities, and different causes of hearing loss. More information and links to their leaflets is available on their website www.ndcs.org.uk which is free to join.

NDCS also has a website for young hearing impaired adults 12-18 years old: www.ndcsbuzz.org.uk

Links and apps you may find helpful

(Please note this list is for information only and parent discretion is recommended for use)

Links:

Hearing aid retention:

www.hearingaidheadbands.co.uk

www.pilotcaps.com

British Sign Langauge:

http://femaura.com/

Baby sign:

http://www.tinytalk.co.uk/

 

Apps:

iPad & iPhone apps:

  • The EAR ID app – app showing how ear works
  • My first apps (first sounds etc.) – app that helps with early language concepts of sorting, matching, shapes etc.
  • Touch.Learn – free app, you can add card and customise as per child’s needs
  • Model me going places – Good app to prepare your child in advance to go places (like to hospital, playground etc)
  • Minimal pair pack – app helping with Auditory discrimination
  • ARTIKPIX & PHONOFIX – App with flashcards which promote production of different phonemes
  • Sign it – app to learn basic British Sign Language signs
  • Sound Touch – free app, identify flash card based on the sounds played
  • Ling 6- sound – For Ling 6 – sounds detection and discrimination

Android apps:

  • Ling 6 sounds – For Ling 6 sounds detection and discrimination
  • WCC Ling sounds – For Ling 6 sounds detection and identification
  • Baby Touch Game – Touch the animals based on sounds
  • Sound Touch Lite (free app) & Sound Touch (paid app) – Identify flash card based on sounds played
  • Hear Coach – Listening games to identify played word out of choice of six and many more
  • New Hear Spell – Hear the word and spell it
  • Sign BSL – Learn basic British Sign Language
  • Petralex – To set the volume