Chevron Pilbara Ear Health Program - Telethon Speech and Hearing

Chevron Pilbara Ear Health Program

Telethon Speech & Hearing Ear Bus operating in the Pilbara of Western Australia helping children with hearing loss

Chevron Pilbara Ear Health Program

The Chevron Pilbara Ear Health Program, delivered by Telethon Speech and Hearing, provides much needed ear health services for thousands of Pilbara aboriginal children for Western Australia. Ear disease causes hearing loss and hearing loss stops children accessing education. The Chevron Ear Health Program strives to improve the coordination of services and access to information to all children. Ear disease is significantly higher among aboriginal children and has lifelong consequences without early prevention and treatment.


What does the Chevron Ear Health Program do, and is it open to all children?

The Telethon Speech & Hearing team, provide services for those with hearing loss in the Pilbara. The Chevron Ear Health Program is an integrated approach to ear health prevention, education and remediation in Western Australia. Telethon Speech and Hearing, Chevron Australia and WA Country Health Services, have developed a prevention, education and remediation approach to ear health. Allowing children at risk of ear health issues are given every chance to reach age appropriate milestones in their learning and development with good hearing.

Education is key to the success of this program which works with health professionals, teachers, parents and children alike. As part of this program, Telethon Speech and Hearing run a Mobile Ear Clinic that travel to a network of schools, kindergartens, child care centres and remote communities in the Pilbara. The mobile clinic (The Go Bus) provides a free hearing and middle ear health service for all children, with an emphasis on those who are at increased risk of middle ear problems.


How can I tell if my student has a hearing loss or if it’s an auditory processing problem?

Children with CAPD can hear normally however,  have difficulty processing what different sounds mean. Children with CAPD can have difficultly listening in background noise, remembering spoken instructions, noticing small differences in similar sounding words or concentrating in noisy areas. If the child displays these characteristics and copes better in quiet one-on-one environments, they may be experiencing CAPD. This could also be the answer to struggling students who are returning normal hearing results. The only way to know for sure is to get a correct diagnosis from an audiologist.


I’ve referred a child for a hearing test, but they came back normal. I still think there’s a problem – what should I do?

Hearing loss can be either conductive or permanent. It is possible that a child has conductive hearing loss, however be okay on the day of screening. If you are still concerned it is recommended you wait 6-8 weeks before requesting the child to be re screened. Parents may wish to get the child re screened by a private practice.
For more information about the program, please contact Telethon Speech and Hearing at (08) 9387 9888 or email.