Free ear checks for children 0-18 years

Ear problems affect many children. Some have long lasting problems with their ears, which can affect their learning.

The Ear Van provides free checks for children from 0 to 18 years old.  This service is provided by a registered nurse who has special training in ear health.

The nurse provides:

  • Assessment and ongoing monitoring of ear problems (runny ears, glue ear, sore ears)
  • Tympanometry (test of the eardrum)
  • Ear wax removal (using microscope and suction)
  • Ear canal cleaning (aural toileting using microscope and suction)
  • Removal of foreign objects in the ear canal (cotton buds, beads)
  • Parental education and support
  • Links to other services

Referrals to us can be made by:

  • Family/whanau or caregivers
  • ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialists
  • Audiologists
  • General practitioners (GPs)
  • Teachers
  • Vision and hearing technicians
  • Public health nurses
  • Other health professionals

Monthly clinic timetable

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Please note we are no longer doing 'drop-in' clinics due to COVID-19.

For an appointment call Regional Public Health on 587 2916 or text 'appointment' to 027 845 1433 and someone will call you back. 

Last updated 25 November 2020.