Hearing tests are used to assess your ability to hear different sounds and to determine if there are any problems.

Why are hearing tests needed?

Hearing tests are carried out for two main reasons:

  • as a routine part of a baby’s or young child’s developmental checks
  • to check the hearing of someone who is experiencing hearing problems or has a hearing impairment

It is important that hearing tests are carried out so that the right support and treatment can be provided.

Read more about why hearing tests are needed.

Hearing tests are carried out at regular intervals during childhood, starting with the new born hearing screening programme (NHSP) within a few weeks of birth.

Your child’s hearing may also be checked during a general health review when they are a few years old and before they start school for the first time.

If at any point you are worried about your or your child’s hearing, you can ask your GP for a hearing test.

Read more about when hearing tests are needed.