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UK researchers create App to check children's hearing

Scientists have developed a hearing test app to help parents assess whether their children have hearing problems.

Parents can use a smart phone or an iPad to regularly test their children’s hearing.

The Early Ears app lets them give their children a standard test which is given in paediatric audiology departments.

Experts from Aston University who developed the tool said it could offer parents “immediate reassurance” for worries about hearing loss.

The 69p app uses the “McCormick toy test” - a standard assessment which has been used by audiology departments for three decades - to detect any problems.

It presents a series of eight images and the children must correctly touch the image which responds to the app’s audio instructions - which are broadcast at different volumes.

“Our Early Ears app provides parents with a simple - but reliable - resource to test their children’s hearing,” said Dr Robert Morse from Aston University’s Health Care Clinics.

“For three decades the McCormick toy test has been used by audiologists to identify common causes of hearing loss in kids. This app brings that test into the home, offering parents immediate reassurance or recommendations to seek expert medical advice if they suspect their child may have a hearing problem.”

 

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