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Private Children’s Hearing Test

Hearing is a crucial sense that enables us to communicate, learn, and navigate the world around us. Children with hearing loss can face significant developmental delays, so early detection and intervention are essential. At Verified Hearing we provide private hearing tests for children in our state-of-the-art hearing clinic in London. Children attend our clinic from all over the UK and abroad.

Remember, your child may not be ignoring you; they probably just can’t hear you

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2.5 - 4 years old (£275)

School age (£225)


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Why parents book our private children’s hearing test

Prompt service delivery

Pressure on the NHS has meant significantly longer waiting times for crucial services like paediatric audiology. Hearing is essential to your child’s speech and language development. Understandably, parents want to know their child’s hearing status as quickly as possible. At Verified Hearing, we would typically see your child for a hearing test within 24-72 hours of initial contact.

Comprehensive ear care

Comprehensive service including children ear wax removal. The last thing you want to hear after waiting so long for your child’s hearing test is “sorry they have ear wax so we can’t do the hearing test. Use olive oil and return in 3 months”. We do not do that. If your child has ear wax, we remove the wax on the day of the appointment and proceed with the hearing test.

Specialist Paediatric Audiologists

We employ some of the most talented private paediatric audiologists in the UK who just love working with children.

Child with hearing loss

Signs of hearing loss in children

Your child may have a hearing loss if they are displaying any of these symptoms:

  • Speech delay: The most common red flag for hearing loss in toddlers is speech delay. Children cannot reproduce sounds they can’t hear. We find children with hearing loss mispronounce or substitute phonemes/words sometimes.


  • Child not responding to their name: Babies recognise their name consistently around 7-9 months old. If your toddler does not respond to their name, they may be experiencing hearing loss.
  • Behavioural concerns: Your child may display unusual behaviour which parents and teachers may interpret as “not listening” or “ignoring”. It may simply be that your child cannot hear and is frustrated because they are unable to express themselves.


  • Speaking loudly: It is difficult for your child to regulate the volume of their voice if they can’t hear themselves.


  • Having the TV or Ipad Volume louder than other prefer it

  • Asking for constant repetitions: A few “pardons” are fine but if you or your child’s teacher thinks they are asking for more repetitions than usual, your child may be experiencing a hearing loss.

  • Learning difficulty: Hearing loss can have an impact on your child’s learning. It is always a good idea to check their hearing if you or their teachers are concerned.
  • Excessive tiredness: A hearing loss can cause increased listening effort which can make your child more fatigued than usual at the end of a normal day.
To speak to one of our Paediatric Audiologists about any hearing concerns you have about your kid, call us for free on 0203 011 1280 or Book a FREE Consultation.

Hearing test for kids

Depending on your child’s age, we would perform a different kind of hearing test. We would typically see children who are 2.5 years and older.

Below is a description of the test we would perform based on your child’s developmental age:

Play audiometry

Play audiometry aka the toddler hearing test is a hearing test that’s typically used for children 2.5 years and older. It’s a fun and interactive way to test a child’s hearing ability, using toys and other objects to encourage them to respond to sounds they hear.

During the test, the child wears headphones and sits on their caregiver’s lap. Our paediatric audiologist will play sounds at different frequencies and volumes through the headphones. When the child hears a sound, they’re encouraged to respond in some way, such as placing a toy in a bucket or pressing a button. The audiologist will then record the child’s responses and use them to assess their hearing ability.
Play audiometry can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your child’s developmental age and attention span. It’s a non-invasive and painless test, and most children find it to be enjoyable and engaging.

Puretone Audiometry

Speech audiometry measures your child’s ability to hear and understand speech. This test involves playing recorded speech at different volumes and asking the child to repeat back what they hear. For younger children we may focus on assessing their speech perception by presenting them with a number of familiar objects, then calling out one object e.g., “show me the plate” and record their reaction to this. Some children with hearing loss may show the “plane” instead of “plate” for instance.


Tympanometry is a test that measures the movement of the eardrum relative to sound and gives us information on the state of the middle ear. It is a useful test for diagnosing common conditions such as glue ear which is most common in children under the age of 7. Except contraindicated, we perform tympanometry on all children as part of our comprehensive children’s hearing test.

Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)

OAEs is an objective test that is used to test the state of the outer hair cells. Healthy outer hair cells are a good indication of normal or near-normal hearing. This is why the hearing test in newborns is performed using OAE testing. When indicated, we will recommend your child has an OAE test to give us additional information on the state of your child’s inner ears.

What happens at your kid’s hearing test

We advise you to book a time slot where your child is most likely going to be alert.

Causes of hearing loss in Children

Congenital Causes

Congenital causes of hearing loss refer to conditions that a child is born with. The most common congenital cause of hearing loss is genetic factors, which can cause both syndromic and non-syndromic hearing loss. Syndromic hearing loss in children is hearing loss associated with a specific medical condition or syndrome, such as Down syndrome or Usher syndrome. Children with syndromic hearing loss may have additional symptoms and medical problems beyond just the hearing loss, while non-syndromic hearing loss is not associated with any other medical condition. Other congenital causes of hearing loss include maternal infections during pregnancy, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), rubella, and toxoplasmosis, which can cause sensorineural hearing loss. Premature birth and low birth weight are also associated with hearing loss.

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Acquired Causes

Acquired causes of hearing loss refer to conditions that develop after birth. The most common acquired cause of hearing loss in children is otitis media, an infection of the middle ear that can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. Other infections that can cause hearing loss include meningitis and measles. Exposure to loud noise, such as loud music or industrial noise, can also cause hearing loss in children. Head injury, certain medications, and certain medical conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, can also cause hearing loss.

Conductive vs. Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Hearing loss in children can be classified as conductive or sensorineural. Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer ear, middle ear, or both. This type of hearing loss can be caused by conditions such as otitis media, congenital malformations of the ear, or earwax buildup. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss can be caused by genetic factors, infections, head trauma, and exposure to loud noise. If your child has a hearing loss, we will be able to advise what kind of hearing loss and offer the relevant advice.

Meet our team

Head of Audiology at Verified Hearing (Specialising in adults and children)

Secretarial team

Louise Emmett

Paige Martin

Leah Salter

Rebecca Banks

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Frequently Asked Questions

What people are asking

One of our qualified Paediatric Audiologists will perform the hearing test on your child.

There are several possibilities here but from a hearing point of view, the most common cause of speech delay in children is hearing loss caused by glue ear.

Sometimes babies' attention may be completely focused on another task. However, there are instances where a baby may not respond due to a hearing loss.

Although it is a good idea to rule out hearing loss if you are concerned about your toddler's speech, there are many other reasons why your toddler may not be talking.

No, Specsavers and boots do not have a Paediatric Audiology departments so are unable to see children for hearing tests. 

We would advise against testing your baby's hearing at home as you could miss out on more subtle signs of a hearing loss. You should always contact a specialist children’s hearing clinic or ask your GP for advice.

In 2023, a private hearing test for children in the UK cost between £225 - £275

Yes, a child can develop hearing loss. The most common cause of hearing in children is glue ear.

You can contact your GP for a referral to your local Paediatric Audiology department. With the current pressures on the NHS, you may experience long waiting times. If this is the case, and you are looking to test their hearing privately, Verified Hearing has a Paediatric Audiology unit in London. They can also recommend other private audiology clinics that perform children hearing tests across the UK.

Play audiometry. Your child will be taught to perform an action when they hear the sound e.g. throw a ball when they hear the sound.

Play audiometry. Your child will be taught to perform an action when they hear the sound e.g. throw a ball when they hear the sound. We always go off your child’s developmental age. In some instances, children’s chronological ages do not correlate with their developmental age. If this is the case, your child may be more suited to visual reinforcement audiometry.

If your child is up to 2 years and 6 months old, they may be able to perform play audiometry. If they are younger, they will be tested using visual reinforcement audiometry.

You may notice your child does not respond to their name. They may also prefer the TV volume louder and show behavioural problems. Your child’s speech could be delayed too.

Speech delay, behavioural problems, asking for repetitions and mispronunciations to mention a few.

Poor academic performance, speech delay, behavioural problems, asking for repetitions, having the TV volume louder than other prefer and mispronunciations to mention a few.

Your toddler may not be ignoring you, have a developmental problem or a hearing loss. It is difficult to tell, and why we advise you to eliminate a hearing loss as a potential cause by arranging a hearing test for your toddler.

Your child may struggle to hear their teacher especially in the presence of background noise. They may also struggle in the playground and generally prefer the volume of devices louder. You may notice them mispronouncing words. A mild hearing loss can also cause behavioural problems, short attention span, and poor academic performance in children.

Your child may not be able to hear you. Arrange a hearing test to rule out a hearing loss. There are also other reasons why your child may not be responding but our advice is to ensure they can hear first before considering other possible reasons.

A newborn hearing test is performed for all children born in the UK. Following this, depending on the part of the UK they are, they may have a pre-school hearing screen in reception (age four). We have found that not all schools in the country offer this screening so if you are worried about your child’s hearing, either contact your GP for a referral to your local Paediatric Audiology department or book a private audiology appointment with us directly (you will not need a referral for this).

Your local Paediatric audiology department will be the best place to take your child for a hearing test. Unfortunately, sometimes due to current pressures on the NHS you may need to take your child for a hearing test privately. Verified Hearing is a good choice. The test would be performed by a private paediatric audiologist.

Absolutely, you can contact your GP to send your child to the hospital for a hearing test or book a private children’s hearing test (you will not need a referral for this).


  1. Nance WE, Lim BG, Dodson KM. Importance of congenital cytomegalovirus infections as a cause for pre-lingual hearing loss. Feb, 2006 . [online] Available at: [Accessed September 13, 2023].

  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2021. Genetics of Hearing Loss | CDC. [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 September 2023].
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