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Children up to the age of 16 presenting with suspected hearing loss.
Patient with any of the following in addition to hearing loss need to be referred to ENT
Hearing loss up to 4 weeks may follow upper respiratory tract infections or acute suppurative otitis media. In the absence of red flags watchful waiting is appropriate in these cases.
The majority of these patients will have glue ear and are appropriate for the paediatric audiology pathway.
Audiology referrals should be sent to Chime Audiology as paper referrals as this service is not provided on e-Referrals:
Are made via e-Referral Service:
This guideline has been developed by Royal Devon and Exeter Healthcare Foundation Trust based on local guidelines.
This guideline has been signed off by the Eastern Locality on behalf of NEW Devon CCG.
Publication date: 02 December 2016