Dr Carling works alongside ENT surgeons and GP specialists to provide hearing services for children of all ages. She commonly tests for glue ear and for hearing loss in children aged 3 and above. In certain situations she will test children from birth onwards, subject to discussion with parents.
Dr Carling may refer paediatric patients for other specialist assessments if required, depending on the specific nature and severity of their condition.
Please note that we allow 1 hour for all paediatric appointments. We are happy for one or both parents to attend their child’s appointment, but ask that siblings are not present.
“Dr Priya checked both my boy’s ears (2 and 3.5-year-olds). At this age, an appointment of this nature can be challenging. Dr Priya’s lovely friendly manner put both of them at ease. Thank you again!”
About your appointment
Dr Carling will ask you a number of questions about your child and their medical and hearing history when you call to book your appointment.
When you come to Kent Hearing for your appointment, please ensure that your child is well rested, fed and relaxed to ensure that the appointment goes smoothly. Testing is conducted in the form of play as much as is possible so that your child is in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Please note that all children must be willing to let Dr Carling look in their ears. We encourage you to familiarise your child with headphones prior to your appointment, as they may be asked to wear them during testing. In light of Covid-19, all children’s toys used during testing are sanitised between each paediatric appointment.
Did you know?
- There are 50,000 children with hearing loss in the UK. Of these, approximately 25,000 children are born with hearing loss and the other half develop hearing loss during their early years
- Glue ear is the most common hearing condition we treat. 1 in 5 pre-school children may have glue ear at any one time. On average, 8 out of 10 children will experience glue ear before the age of 10
- Hearing loss has a huge impact on the speech and language development of children of all ages, in particular during their formative years. The human brain completes 85% of its physical growth by the age of 3 ½ and therefore these first years of life are critically important to developing spoken language through listening
All hearing tests are undertaken by Dr Carling in our relaxing and comfortable Kings Hill clinic, using the very latest technologies available.