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Child Hearing Services

Child Hearing Services

We provide hearing assessments, using techniques that are age appropriate to the child. Children with permanent hearing loss are seen regularly for monitoring and hearing aid support and meet with teachers from the sensory support services and paediatric audiologists from both Sirona and Royal United Hospital Bath.

Who is this service for?

Our community based service provides hearing assessment for any child referred aged 6 months to 16 years, and any child with a permanent hearing impairment requiring monitoring of hearing aid use.

If you would like to find out more about Adult’s Hearing Services, please click here and for Newborn Hearing Screening click here.

How does this service work / what's involved in this service?

Firstly the service offers assessment for any child whose parents or health and educational professionals are concerned about their hearing. Sirona will plan an age appropriate assessment at a health facility where this can be safely carried out. State of the art premises designed for specialist assessment have been recently built at St Martin’s Hospital on the south side of Bath, and this venue is very popular with parents.

Secondly, Sirona provides specialist care for children with permanent hearing loss through the St Martin’s Hospital clinic with Dr Adrian Dighe and a team of audiology staff. Many of our children are first seen as babies, because their hearing problem was picked up by the newborn hearing screening programme.

For other children a hearing problem becomes apparent when seen in clinic as an older child. We are very happy to see children with known hearing loss, with or without hearing aids, and children with tinnitus. Children with permanent hearing loss are seen regularly for monitoring and hearing aid support using our specialist facility at St Martin’s.

How do I access this service?

A child can be referred by their GP or health visitor.

In what areas is this service available?

We can see any child whose family doctor is in Bath & North East Somerset, Frome and Shepton in East Mendip and the towns and villages of North and West Wiltshire (Malmesbury to Warminster and Bradford on Avon across to Devizes).

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Bath NHS House
Appointment queries:
01225 731627 / 01225 731549
Secretary to Dr. Dighe:
01225 731640
Bath NHS House
Newbridge Hill
The office at Newbridge Hill is open weekdays from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Morning clinics typically run between 09.30am and 12.30pm, and afternoon clinics start at 1.30pm and finish 4.30pm.

This office is used for all administration of this service.

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