High case loads contribute to infant hearing loss misdiagnoses: report

An independent review of a Queensland public hospital audiology unit found errors in both cochlear implant mapping and infant testing:.
Townsville Hospital and Health Service CEO Kieran Keyes (left) and board chair Tony Mooney apologise to families.

An audiology unit at a Queensland public hospital has misdiagnosed some profoundly deaf children as having no hearing loss and programmed cochlear implants incorrectly in others, a report has found.

The State Government will pay $2.2 million in compensation to almost 100 children after the investigation found widespread issues in the Townsville University Hospital’s audiology clinic.