The Importance Of Having Your Child’s Hearing Checked Annually
Do you ever feel like your child is getting distracted easily and not paying attention to what you’re saying? Well, our first reaction is to think that it is just behavioural and they don’t want to listen to us, however, that is not always the case. Distraction, loss of interest in activities, learning and speech problems may be a red flag that the child may have mild hearing loss. An issue that is not usually detected at first glance.
Children who suffer from chronic ear infections since earlier years in life, have a fluctuation in their hearing during the time the fluid or inflammation is in their ears. Although it might seem that it is just a short time while the child recovers from the infection, in so many cases these short times are crucial in the speech development, as well as in the learning process.
The fluctuation in their hearing affects important processes in the brain, like the blueprints for each sound we need to develop in the areas where the speech is analyzed. The time frame when the child is not hearing properly, words sound muffled and dull, making it difficult for the child to understand in the classroom settings or even at home.
The following are few signs to be aware of:
- The child is increasing the TV volume
- Asking you to repeat yourself
- Misunderstands tasks you are asking them to do
- Seems to turn their head to one side more than the other
- Doesn’t speak clearly or has problems pronouncing some sounds
- Teacher’s are saying the child is distracted and has a lack of interest in class
- If there is any sign of ear infection (ie. fluid coming out of the ear or constant ear pain)
Ear infections are just one cause of hearing loss, but there are many other problems that can trigger issues with hearing; we will explain in coming blogs.
If your child presents with any of the above characteristics, please consult an Audiologist. You don’t need to have a referral to see the Audiologist. A hearing test and a complete audiological assessment can be done in about 30 to 45 minutes, and it can be life changing for your child. If the Audiologist determines that the problem should to be treated by the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, they will tell you why. If the case requires an intervention with hearing devices, the Audiologist will also give you all the options available to solve the problem.
(This blog is informative, and not intended to suggest a specific treatment. Always seek professional help for each specific case)