Sound Scouts is a fun mobile game that detects hearing issues in children. It aims to create awareness about hearing loss in school children.
The Sound Scouts system is based on published scientific research and was developed in Australia.
After you have downloaded the app, you’ll need to find a quiet place. Also, allow 10 to 12 minutes for the short test and 16 to 18 minutes for the longer version.
The tests are reasonably easy to take. An adult will do a short test to check the sound works okay, then they’ll watch the child perform their test. The graphics are cartoon style so school-aged kids will find it appealing.
My test was taken near the train line, so there were lots of beeps and birds in the background. I would highly recommend taking it in a very quiet spot.
The last test was perhaps the hardest as they are competing voices, so you need to be alert and have good concentration.
Did you know that in Australia 1.3 million people are living with hearing conditions that could have been prevented?
It’s estimated that one in every ten children between the ages of 4 to 17 is affected by a hearing related issue.
After the test, the report is emailed. It provides a bar chart of your personal results against a colour graded system. If there are any issues, then there are recommendations on what to do next.
Available for Android and iOS devices.
Sound Scouts recognised that mobile game technology could hold the key to creating an accessible hearing test solution for school-aged children. Partnering with the National Acoustic Laboratories we created an app that provides parents with direct access to a hearing check for their children.
“What has been missing in the hearing health-care system is a low-cost, easily administered, reliable test of hearing that can be widely applied to children around school entry so that no child has to go through years of school at a disadvantage to others because of unmanaged hearing loss.” Professor Harvey Dillon.
Since inception Sound Scouts has been honoured with multiple national and international awards celebrating both our innovative approach to hearing screening and our creative use of technology.
Sound Scouts is a registered medical device ARTG Identifier: 297060.
For more information, refer to the Sound Scouts website: