All about hearing loss

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 | 3141 views

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HAVING worked in a rehabilitation setting I have learnt the high volumes of people that need Audiology services. Therefore, I reached out to my colleague and Audiologist Humaira Mohamed to help me come up with this week’s issue on hearing loss.

Children and adults with hearing loss hear parts of sounds as opposed to those with normal hearing and hear everything clearly.

Common signs of a hearing loss in children:

Every parent/ guardian should be the voice of their children. Unfortunately, in most cases many children are left undiagnosed for a very long time till they start talking. Here are a few signs to look out for in your children:

Child does not react to loud noises

Child does not respond to mum’s voice

Child does not enjoy toys that make a sound

Child does not imitate simple sounds or words

Child does not turn to his name when called

A child with Otitis media (A common ear infection in children) may also:

Pull or rub an ear

Be constantly irritable for no clear reason

Stop paying attention and have little energy

Not understand directions

Often ask for the TV or radio to be louder

Have a fever

Have ear pain

NB: The classroom teacher may be the first to detect behaviours associated with a hearing loss for children at school or crèche. Common signs include:

Lack of attention during classroom discussion

Non-compliant behaviour

Tendency to be withdrawn or isolated

Ask for frequent repetitions of what has been said

Problems in speech, language, reading and writing

Common signs of hearing loss in adults:

Unfortunately, with age comes alot of chronic conditions that lead to a hearing loss. Again here are a few signs to look out for.

You can hear people talking about you but cannot understand what they are saying

You have difficulty hearing what is being said on TV and have to turn up the volume higher than others prefer.

People must be facing you to understand what they are saying

You feel that others do not pronounce their words properly

You find yourself frequently asking for repetitions when people speak to you

You find yourself guessing what others have said

I advice that as soon as you or anyone you know starts suffering from many of the above mentioned symptoms they should seek help immediately. Hearing loss can lead to many other complications hence its an emergency.

They are the most commonly involved communication disorder specialists. In such situations audiologists test hearing, fit hearing aids and help patients improve their communication skills. Again, speech and language therapists work closely with Audiologists. Their job is to provide treatment for speech and language impairments secondary to hearing loss.

For more information about hearing loss or Audiology services please kindly email me at tsepylee@yahoo.com

“Take care of your busy body, you owe that to your family.”

Lee-Anne Hall

BSc Physiotherapy

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