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Children’s Audiology

Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire Children’s Community Audiology Service 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 Virgin Care and Royal United Hospital Bath.

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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.

Firstly the service offers assessment for any child whose parents or health and educational professionals are concerned about their hearing. We will plan an age appropriate assessment at a health facility where this can be safely carried out.

Secondly, we provide specialist care for children with permanent hearing loss through the St Martin’s Hospital clinic with our audiologists 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.

Visit the Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire Children’s Community Audiology Service dedicated webpages for help and advice for your child’s condition >

How do I access the service?

We can see any child whose family doctor is in Bath & North East Somerset, Frome and Shepton Mallet in East Mendip and the towns and villages of North and West Wiltshire (Malmesbury to Warminster and Bradford on Avon across to Devizes). Written referrals (via letter or email) can be made by your:

  • GP
  • Health Visitor
  • School Nurse
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Paediatrician (community or hospital based)
  • Other health or education professional

A parent/ guardian having any difficulty accessing our service, can get in touch with us directly to discuss arranging a referral.

Who do I contact about my child’s ears?

Need a hearing test?

Contact us if your child needs a new hearing assessment/ has their hearing regularly monitored:

Children’s Audiology Room 17, Ground Floor, Midford House, St Martin’s Hospital, Kempthorne Lane, Bath BA2 5RP
T: 01225 394 536 | E: vcl.bathneswiltschildrensaudiology@nhs.net

Have an ear infection or need ear wax removal?

Consult your GP if your child has an ear infection or an ear that is completely blocked with wax. They can provide treatment and onward referral if necessary.

Have an ENT appointment?

Contact ENT at the RUH if your child is awaiting an ENT appointment/surgery:

ENT outpatients, Department C37, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG
T: 01225 824 550 | Website

Require earmould or hearing aid maintenance?

Contact the Audiology department at the RUH if your child’s hearing aid(s) require maintenance

Audiology Department C41, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG
T: 01225 824 035 | e: ruh-tr.paediatricaudiology@nhs.net

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Rainbow Resource

You can access information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies – including education, health and social care providers and voluntary organisations using the Bath and North East Somerset Local Offer website – the Rainbow Resource.

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“Excellent service as soon as we started coming to St. Martins. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff.”

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