Audiology (Hearing Services)


Audiology services at John Hunter Children's Hospital include electro physiological diagnostic audiology, which is a specialised service for the investigation of newborn infants referred from the Statewide Infant Screening - Hearing (SWISH) program who require diagnostic testing.

If your baby is diagnosed with a hearing loss, your family is supported by the Baby Hearing Clinic at John Hunter Children's Hospital and referred on to other agencies that are able to support the family.

In addition the service provides audiology assessment for children, young people and families with a referral from a specialist (Paediatrician, ENT or Oncologist). A Hunter New England Local Health District specialist may need to be consulted if admission is required and the referral is from a specialist outside Hunter New England Health.

Screening and diagnostic videos

Hearing testing and hearing loss information


Note: GP referrals are not accepted. Screening services are not provided and primary referrals outside HNE Health are not accepted.

Individuals on certain pensions and benefits may be able to access hearing services through the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.

Children and young adults under the age of 26 years, with a confirmed hearing loss may be able to access services through the Government Hearing Services Program. Further information can be found at the Australian Hearing.

Electro physiological diagnostic audiology assessment is referred from the SWISH audiometry nurse when a baby is tested.

  • Audiology assessment for children, young people and families is available following referral from a specialist. If the specialist is not a HNE Health specialist, the child or young person may need consultation with one prior to assessment. GP referrals are not accepted.

Child and Family Health Nursing provide hearing testing at a number of sites for children following a referral from a medical professional, speech pathologist's for clients in the LGA, child and family health nurse, schools/preschools, other health professionals. All out of area referrals require a GP referral. They can be contacted on (02)4923 6920. 


Contact Us
Phone:  (02)49 213548
Referrals Fax: (02)49 236414
Temporary service locations

621 Hunter Street, Newcastle - Infant diagnostics (ABR)

Entry is via the carpark from King Street

149 Turton Road, Waratah - VROA (toddler) assessments and general audiology

Follow the signs for "Children's Hearing Checks" to the Rainbow Cottage. A ramp is available at the end of the pool fence.