Children

  • Oto acoustic emissions (OAE) (> 0 years) 

    Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing is used to assess the integrity of the outer hair cells in the cochlea (inner ear). A probe tip is placed in the ear and a series of sounds are presented. No behavioral response or co-operation from the child is required.

    This is a quick, easy and objective test to assess cochlear function and to rule out the possibility of a hearing loss.

  • Visual Response Audiometry (< 2 years)

    This method allows the audiologist to assess the child’s hearing sensitivity by reinforcing the child’s response with a visual reward. Our new state of the art electronic screen system easily draws the child’s attention when doing the test.

    The test can be done in free field, whilst presenting the sounds through speakers. It can also be done either with headphones, or insert earphones. During the procedure one parent / caregiver can remain with the child in the testing room to ensure they feel comfortable and safe throughout the procedure.

  • Play Audiometry (> 2 years)

    Play audiometryThis method allows the audiologist to assess the child’s hearing sensitivity by conditioning them to respond to sound through playing games and using toys. The test can be done in free field, whilst presenting the sounds through speakers. It can also be done either with headphones, or insert earphones. During the procedure one parent / caregiver can remain with the child in the testing room to ensure they feel comfortable and safe throughout the procedure.

  • Pure-tone Audiometry (> 5 years) 

    Pure tone audiometry is used to determine the softest sound a child can hear. Testing is conducted across a range of frequencies, from low pitched sounds to high pitched sounds. The sounds tested include the full spectrum of speech sounds, which is important for communication. Depending on the child’s age, different methods are used to obtain a response from the child.

  • Speech Audiometry

    The purpose of speech audiometry in children is to determine the softest level at which a child can hear and discriminate words. Minimal word pairs are used when doing speech discrimination testing, for example tree/key, plate/plane, duck/cup. Children with normal hearing should be able to discriminate these words at a very soft level. Speech audiometry is also useful in confirming the results obtained during the hearing assessment.

  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing

    During ABR testing, electrodes are placed on the forehead and behind the ears. The test determines the brain’s response to different sounds. With this test we are able to measure the hearing sensitivity without a behavioral response from the patient. During the procedure the patient will have to remain still, so it is ideal that they sleep while they are tested. Testing can be performed under a mild sedation for which your doctor will have to write a prescription or under general anesthesia performed in theater at a nearby Hospital or Day Clinic.

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  • I just want to say a very big thank you for all your efforts to ensure that I received both my hearing aids without any effort on my side, via GEMS. I am sure that if I had tried this on my own, it would have led to much frustration. Your kindness and support is greatly appreciated. You really do a wonderful job and it is noticed!

    — Addy Harris
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    Ons gesels weer.

    — Joekie

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