Newborn Hearing Screener
(Newborn Hearing Screening Programme)
Newborn hearing screening helps identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible. These babies and their families can then get the support and advice they need right from the start.
A Newborn Hearing Screener will offer to test your baby’s hearing, usually before you are discharged. Otherwise you can attend an out-patient appointment within the first few weeks.
If the screening results do not show a clear response from one or both of your baby’s ears, an appointment will be made with the Hospital Audiologist for further testing.
(Children’s Community Audiology Service)
A Community Audiologist tests children’s hearing, aged 0-18 years, in health centres across the city. They can identify children with hearing loss and discuss suitable management options depending on the degree of loss and current difficulties the child may be experiencing. Children with health conditions associated with possible hearing loss are also monitored in our clinics.
A Community Paediatrician is a doctor specialising in children’s health with an interest in hearing problems. They are trained to find out the causes and diagnose the type of hearing loss or balance disorder your child has. They can also offer advice on and assist in the treatment and management of the hearing loss.
Teacher of the Deaf
(Deaf and Hearing Impairment Team (DAHIT))
An Educational Audiologist/Teacher of the Deaf works with children and families in their homes, early years settings, local schools, or further education settings. They provide advice and training to ensure that families and staff in settings have the knowledge and skills to support the development and achievement of their child or young person.
(Hearing and Balance Services)
The Audiologists at Seacroft hospital tests children’s hearing aged 0-25 and then offer a seamless transition to the adult service. Babies and children can be referred here for more specialised hearing tests and to confirm any deafness. If hearing aids are offered as a management option, these will be fitted to your child’s individual needs and their progress with the hearing aids will be monitored in close collaboration with the Teacher of the Deaf.
Speech and Language Therapist
(DAHIT Speech and Language Therapy Clinic)
A specialist speech and language therapist (SLT) works with babies and children with a diagnosed hearing loss in Leeds. You may see a SLT in a variety of settings including at home, in school or nursery. A SLT will offer support for families, school and nursery staff to develop the communication skills of deaf and hearing impaired babies and children.
Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant
(Ear, Nose and Throat Services)
An ear, nose, and throat specialist looks after hearing problems. Your ENT doctor’s role is to identify any causes of hearing loss and if there are any medical or surgical treatments that may help. A treatment can range from something relatively simple, like removing wax, treating infection or placing grommets to more complex surgeries. The ENT doctor may also recommend your child has imaging studies (CT or MRI scans) to further understand the type and source of hearing loss. The doctor may also need to check your child’s ears are suitable for hearing aid fitting. If it is felt that your child may benefit from a cochlear implant, the ENT doctor, along with the audiologist will refer you onto a specialist centre for additional assessments and counselling prior to surgery.
How we work together
Collectively we are a group of professionals who are passionate about providing the best care to deaf children and their families in Leeds.
The team fosters a joint, positive approach to deafness and aims to provide a seamless journey as our families move throughout the different services, as shown below.
We recognise the need for individuality of each child and their family and value parents as equal members of the team.
How to contact us
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Newborn Hearing Screening Service
Tel: 0113 392 2591
Hearing and Balance Service
Tel: 0113 206 3888
Ear, Nose and Throat Department
Tel: 0113 518 1823
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Tel: 0113 843 3620
Tel: 0113 843 3620
DAHIT Speech and Language Therapy
Tel: 0113 843 3650
Leeds City Council
Deaf and Hearing Impairment Team (DAHIT)
Tel: 0113 378 5296
Leeds Deaf Children’s Society
National Deaf Children’s Society