Childhood Hearing Clinic – Causes of Congenital Hearing Loss – Audit of results of investigations

Dr Karen Liddle1, Ms Kym Derek1, Dr Sharon Greenwood1, Dr Alison Harris1

Children’s Health Queensland, South Brisbane, Australia

In Queensland, following the diagnosis of congenital hearing loss, all children are referred to the Childhood Hearing Clinic for thorough investigation and management of the hearing loss. The Childhood Hearing Clinic, which has been in operation for five years, is a multidisciplinary clinic and is located in Brisbane and Townsville. This presentation will examine a cohort of children born in 2015 and 2016 who accessed the Brisbane clinic. This presentation will explore the proportion of children that access the clinic, including characteristics of children that don’t attend. Of the children that attend, we will examine their medical profile including types and degree of hearing loss, and aetiology. The CHC is one element of the newborn hearing screening pathway and the importance of capturing information obtained within the medical context will be emphasized. It is hoped that over time, trends will emerge, which will inform the diagnosis and management pathways for children diagnosed with a hearing loss in Queensland and beyond.


Karen Liddle is a Paediatrician who has been working in the Childhood Hearing Clinic in Brisbane for the past 5 years.  She has an interest in congenital CMV, genetic causes of hearing loss and Indigenous health.