Ear infections are very common in young children. They can cause pain, and often fever. If you suspect your child has an ear infection, take them to your family doctor. If you have concerns about your child's hearing at any time, take your child for an assessment. If your child does have a hearing problem, finding it as early as possible is good for their learning and development. Read more about checking your child's hearing in the pages on hearing and vision checks.
If your child has glue ear, it means there is fluid in the space behind the ear drum. The main symptom of glue ear is hearing difficulty. Hearing loss for long periods during the early years may affect speech and language development.
Your child's hearing and vision will be discussed with you at various Well Child checks before your child turns 4 years of age. If your child does have a hearing or vision problem, finding it early is good for their learning and development.
Screening for some vision problems for your child should occur at around 11 or 12 years of age. Your child will not have their hearing checked at school so if you are concerned about your child's hearing, it's important that you visit your family doctor.