Our expert says:
Your son would have had a screening test only, not performed in ideal circumstances but it picks up significant deafness if present. Depending on the severity of the findings a formal audiogram (hearing test) should be performed to exclude a problem. Children in this age group often have a bit of fluid behind the eardrum, a condition called otitis media with effusion. This could eventually lead to other problems if not managed.
One's hearing could be perfect in the normal speech range but very abnormal in the low or high frequencies and will only be picked up on a hearing test. One might not therefore always be aware that there is a hearing disorder because people can hear normal voice.
I would suggest you take him to an audiologist for a formal test in a sound-proof room. This is very accurate and will give you reassurance that he has no underlying problem. The audiologist will suggest referral to an ENT only if there is a real hearing impairment.
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