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Children's hearing test


We routinely measure height and weight in all children as part of a child’s health assessment.


​​​​​​​​If your child is not hearing well, needing the TV up loud, has unclear speech, is not speaking at the same level as other children of the same age, has frequent colds or ear infections, is having difficulty learning to read/spell or becoming disinterested or disruptive in class, they will require a hearing test.

A hearing test is also a routine check before your child starts school (Kindergarten).

Access Hearing Factsheet Here

Important note: For families who live in the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai and Northern Beaches areas, please contact your local Child & Family Health Nurse for a list of Audiology practices close to you.


 Hearing tests from 3 ½ to 18 years of age

Otoscopy: A look down the ear canal using a special torch called an otoscope.

Tympanometry: A painless test that measures the movement of the eardrum. This test helps to measure middle ear function and can indicate if fluid is present following a cold or ear infection.

Play Audiometry: Your child listens to sounds that are played through headphones and then plays a game by moving a bead/marble when a sound is heard.​

 How to book a hearing test

  • ​Free service for children 3 ½ -18 years old who live in the Lower North Shore and Ryde areas.
  • There is no referral needed.
  • Parents can phone the centre to make an appointment.
  • Appointments are 1 hour long, but depending on the child it can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • The testing is fun, non-invasive and painless.
  • Hearing tests are performed by Nurse Audiometrists.


RNSH community health centre

Child and Family​ Health

Level 2, 2c Herbert St, St Leonards

NSW 2067

Ph: 9462 9200