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Ear Health Screening

NCACCH offers ear health screening for children from birth and up to 12 years of age.

0-6 years

The Hearing Assessment Program for Early Ears (HAPEE) a partnerships program between NCACCH and Hearing Australia and offers free ear health screening for infants and pre-school aged children.

To book your child in for screening at our hearing assessment program early ears Birtinya HAPEE Clinic please phone our Birtinya office on 07 5346 9800

To book your child in for screening at our hearing assessment program early ears Gympie HAPEE Clinic please phone our AMS, Gympie office on 07 5329 5872

4-12 years

NCACCH in partnership with Hear & Say offer free ear health screening for children aged 4-12 years in schools across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions. With Otitis Media being one of the leading causes of hearing loss amongst our community, it is important to access screening and treatment as soon as symptoms appear. In most cases a dose of antibiotics will treat a case of Otitis Media.  Untreated/ongoing ear health problems can result in possible hearing loss, effect speech, language, behaviour, self-esteem and social emotional wellbeing.

What is Otitis Media?

  • Middle ear disease, also known as Glue Ear or Runny Ear.
  • Caused by fluid in the middle ear, which can get infected, resulting in fluctuating hearing loss.
  • Pressure develops and swelling occurs around the drum and the three little bones can’t work properly.

Signs to look for;

  • Constant runny nose.
  • Babies holding on to ears and crying, temperatures, cold and sick
  • Discharge from ear Clumsy kids
  • Ear infections affect co-ordination and balance
  • Easily distracted
  • Kids who appear lost when instructions are given
  • Poor socialisation
  • Frowns or strains forward when spoken to
  • Poor school attendance
  • Sits on the outside so there are no expectations to participate
  • Work fluctuates in quality
  • Asks ‘what’ all the time, appears not to listen
  • Aggressive/bullying
  • Quiet voice/loud voice
  • Lip reads
  • Responds slowly to instructions, follows other children’s cues
  • Does not respond to other people’s speech, especially in noisy situations

For more information please visit the following website –
* Care for Kids’ Ears


NCACCH Birtinya office & Gympie AMS

Birtinya : 8/8 Innovation Parkway Q 4575 Gympie: 31 Excelsior Road Q 4570 (07 5329 5872)

Phone: 07 5346 9800 | Fax: Birtinya: 07 5346 9899 | Gympie: 07 5329 5873