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Understanding Children With Hearing Loss

Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:07:02 AM Australia/Melbourne

Today’s post goes out to all of the parents. It’s one thing when you’re doing your own research on hearing impairments. You’re making your own appointments, responsible only for yourself. When you’re dealing with a child, you’re even more responsible for making the right decisions. Their cognitive learning systems are still developing and evolving, so everything can change year over year. The ears are very delicate and require precise care so as not to damage any of the tissue.

 

So hats off to the parents. For taking your young ones to appointments, listening to all of the options and helping make the best decision for him or her. This post is for you. Today we kick off a series with recommendations for the best ways to care for children with hearing impairments. Some of this is very intuitive and some of it is not. All of it is supported by the Hearlink team. Please seek us out as the conduit between the health of your ears and the many resources that we’re linked to. It’s our job, our mission and passion to ensure that you have accessibility to the resources that you need. Those include posts, right here on our blog.

 

Understanding Children With Hearing LossFirst on this topic is identifying the hearing loss. It can present itself in a myriad of ways, in children of all ages and sizes. There are commonalities that you can look for. They include the following, which we recommend that you ask yourself on a regular basis. Remember that hearing loss can present itself at any time throughout your life.

 

  • Does your child frequently suffer from ear infections?
  • Does he or she have challenges imitating what noises sound like?
  • Does your child tend to withdraw himself or herself in social situations, especially larger groups?
  • Does he or she struggle to identify what the source of any given noise is?
  • Does your child sleep soundly through loud noises and remain unresponsive when they occur?
  • Finally, does he or she have either delayed language skills or language skills that aren’t on par with his or her age group in school?

 

Starting to see a pattern of affirmative responses when you take a look at the above list? That’s a great indicator that it’s time to make an appointment with your local audiologist, or even better- it’s time to reach out to the Hearlink team to determine how we can help.

 

Many kids develop a sense of fear when they know they need to go to the doctor’s office. They only associate the bad and the discomfort, not the benefit of being treated properly. It’s very important to foster if not a sense of excitement, at least a sense of comfort when it comes to the visiting the doctor. If you help foster this feeling for your kids, they’ll be much more inclined to visit the doctor. It’s also smart to share what a doctor’s visit will entail, so that they learn that it really won’t be that painful. A simple hearing test can reveal most issues.

 

More to follow, as we study the best ways to interact with children with hearing impairments.

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