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Audiology

We provide hearing testing and hearing counselling.
About

​We test hearing of any child under age 16 who is a resident of BC or the Yukon and who meets any of these criteria:

  • Any child for whom previous community testing has been incomplete or unsuccessful or who can’t be tested behaviorally (either due to age or complications)
  • Any child who refers on hearing screening (BC Early Hearing Program website) where BC Children's is the most convenient location for the family
  • A child planned for or on ototoxic medications or bone marrow transplant (Oncology, Hematology & BMT website)
  • Some children referred from physicians or clinics at BC Children's in other programs (Other BCCH Clinics website)
  • A child enrolled in the BC Children’s Neonatal Follow Up (NFU) or Cleft Palate/Craniofacial (CPCF website) programs
  • A child referred from any of the interdisciplinary teams at BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC website) – including their visual impairment or hearing loss teams or inpatient wards
  • A child who may be a cochlear implant candidate (Cochlear Implant website)
  • A child requiring hearing testing from the Children’s Otolaryngology (ENT website) service – on call
Prepare

We usually pre-register our patients. You should be getting a call from the Admitting Department a couple of days before your appointment. If you do not hear from the Admitting Department, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and report to the information and admitting area (in the hospital lobby) to register your child.

If your child has been pre- registered, please report directly to the Audiology and Speech Department, Ambulatory Care Building, Section K2-192 (Area 9) OR If you have a cochlear implant appointment, report to the 1D clinic area in the main building. 

If at all possible, please arrange for care of siblings.

Follow-up

Patients who are seen through the Audiology Department will have various follow up recommendations, depending on their test results.  Children as sometimes referred back to the doctor who referred them for medical care, some are referred to their local public health audiology clinic (BC Public Health Audiology Clinic List website) for ongoing follow up testing or fitting of amplification.  Some children are referred for intervention or treatment services in their community.  Follow up plans will be discussed with caregivers and written in reports that are copied to them.

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