Understanding Hearing Loss – Part 3
Welcome to Understanding Hearing Loss – Part 3
Now that you know some hearing basics and about the different types of hearing loss, let’s move on to hearing loss symptoms.
I often hear families say that they think their child hears fine because they and follow directions and answer questions, respond, and so forth. Basically, it doesn’t look like they have a hearing loss. But…..the thing about hearing loss is that it’s an invisible disability in the sense that others can’t see how much the person with hearing loss actually struggles. While a child may respond to directions, questions eventually – what conditions were needed in order for that to happen? Did you have to turn the TV off? Repeat yourself a handful of times? Is there a speech/language delay present? All of these considerations are red flags and warrant our attention.
Anecdotally, I’ve found that children with mild hearing loss are the ones who slip through the cracks because they look like they are doing just fine when they are actually struggling (there’s that invisible disability again) and no one seems to know why they are struggling…but hearing is often overlooked and is fundamentally important to child development.
The point of my story is: DON’T OVERLOOK HEARING!
OK. Now we are ready to talk about potential signs for hearing loss. Read on below:
(Non-obvious) Red Flags for hearing loss:
Does your child…..
- Turn up the volume of the TV excessively high?
- Respond inappropriately to questions?
- Not reply when you call him/her?
- Do you need to repeat directions/questions/call your child’s name several times before s/he responds?
- Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms.
- Watch others to imitate what they are doing?
- Have articulation problems or speech/language delays?
- Have difficulties academically?
- Behavior issues
- Difficulty meeting grade level expectations
- Teacher expresses concern
- Have difficulties socially?
- Stress/anxiety about meeting new people
- Stress/anxiety around groups and/or play dates
- Withdrawn from social situations
- Complain of earaches, ear pain or head noises?
- Have difficulty understanding what people are saying?
- Seem to speak differently from other children his or her age
Please keep in mind that there are other signs of hearing loss as well. The above is a list of the commonly overlooked ones. Hope you found this series helpful.