Early Ears app helps you detect hearing loss in your child

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Early Ears was designed by audiology experts to help you detect hearing loss in your child using an iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. The most common cause of hearing loss in children is medically known as otitis media with effusion, but is more commonly known as “glue ear” because it is associated with a build up of fluid in the middle ear.  It is very common in young children, particularly during winter. 

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Designed by audiology experts

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The Early Ears test is based on the McCormick Toy Test and has been designed in conjunction with Professor Barry McCormick OBE.  The standard test carried out in audiology clinics consists of 14 toys, which are paired together such that the name of each pair of toys sounds similar in English, e.g. “cup”, and “duck”.  The toys are arranged in front of the child on a table and the audiologist asks the child to point to the requested toy e.g. “show me the cup”. 

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Child friendly, easy and fun to use

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The Early Ears test is specially designed as a hearing test for children.  It is easy and fun to use and will take only 1 to 3 minutes to complete depending on the age of your child and level of hearing difficulty.  The results are personalised to your child and given in an easy-to-understand way.  Early Ears also provides reassuring information about the common causes of hearing difficulty in children and how you can protect your child’s hearing.

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News & Updates

Latest News from Early Ears

Early Ears App update

Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2014

To mark the launch of the new version this app will be free until April 10th.  Tell your friends! New features include: The new version provides added greater social interaction following feedback from parents It provides an option to post your child’s results to...

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Guardian Newspaper recommends Early Ears to readers

Posted by admin on Jul 2, 2013

Hearing difficulties among young children aren’t always permanent, but they are a source of worry for parents – and a possible problem for speech and language development. Early Ears is aimed at parents of 2-8 year-olds as a way to run a standard audiology test...

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Free Resource by the National Deaf Children’s Society

Posted by admin on Jun 24, 2013

The National Deaf Children’s Society (www.ndcs.org.uk)  has produced a free resource for parents and children to provide information on the use of grommets to treat glue ear. The comic booklet, Harvey gets Grommets, tells the story of a young boy, Harvey, who has...

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Prof Chris Butler leads a study into glue ear treatment drug

Posted by admin on Jun 24, 2013

Prof Chris Butler, institute director at Cardiff University’s Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, is leading a study into a drug to treat glue ear. The most common form of management for otitis media with effusion (“glue ear”) is to watch and...

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Buy the Early Ears App

Available on iTunes

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The Early Ears app is now available for download on iTunes for 69p.

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