Hearing testing is provided on a referral basis or through interdisciplinary team assessments. We also provide hearing testing on an on-call basis for the otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) here at BC Children’s. Our staff do not dispense hearing aids, rather we work with our community partners to ensure that children receive the assistance they need. Hearing testing, hearing counselling and cochlear implant services are all provided.
We have a close relationship with the BC Early Hearing Program.Who We SeeWe test hearing of any child under age 16 who is a resident of BC or the Yukon and who meets any of these criteria:
A child referred from any of the interdisciplinary teams at BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC) – including their visual impairment or hearing loss teams or inpatient wards
A child who may be a cochlear implant candidate
Neonatal Follow Up TeamThis is a multidisciplinary team program that enrolls families voluntarily to participate in follow up testing. Enrollment is offered to families whose infants meet one or more of the criteria below:
Once enrolled families are offered visits at 4 months, 8 months, 18 months, 3 yeras and 4 1/2 years.Intake review is done two months prior to those corrected dates and each discipline reports on whether their assessment is needed for that particular child. For Audiology, in general the following applies:
Cleft Palate-Cranioacial TeamMore information can be found at the BCCH Cleft Palate Craniofacial Surgery website:http://www.bcchildrens.ca/Services/SurgeryAndSurgSuites/CleftPalateCraniofacialSurgery/default.htmOncology TeamMore information can be found at the BCCH Oncology/Hematology/Bone Marrow transplant website: