What does the Australian Hearing national data-base tell us about children who have received amplification for mild or unilateral hearing loss?

Alison King, Principal Audiologist, Paediatric Services, Australian Hearing

The number of children who receive amplification for mild hearing loss has increased over time, due to improvements in diagnostic test techniques, improvements in hearing aid technology and growing awareness of the possible impacts of such loss on children’s development.

The optimal management of mild hearing loss remains controversial, which poses significant challenges for many families, professionals and for those involved in policy and funding decisions.  Australian Hearing’s data showed that at 31 December, 2018 almost 60% of aided Australian children under 7 years of age have better ear hearing levels of 0-40dBHL.

This presentation will draw on Australian Hearing’s historical demographic data to report upon changes in fitting trends for children with hearing levels of normal hearing to mild hearing loss in at least one ear.  It will also present data about hearing aid usage and benefit for this group of children.



After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Alison joined Australian Hearing in 1985 and has specialised in paediatric audiology for 30 years.  During this time she has provided clinical services to children with complex needs and to clients through outreach services to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as participating in clinical research and staff training. In her current role as the Principal Audiologist for Paediatric Services at Australian Hearing, Alison is responsible for the development and management of Australian Hearing’s paediatric clinical protocols and quality measures. She also provides lectures in paediatric audiology for the University of Melbourne Masters in Audiology program and serves on the Australian Hearing Human Research Ethics Committee.