Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Does Your Child Need A Hearing Aid?



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It is never easy when you find health issues with your child.  You might feel inadequate when you realize that they have health problems that need to be addressed. Do not let this get you down, just make sure you can get the proper medical help.

Hearing is something which can be difficult to spot because your child often will not show signs of diminished hearing or deafness, however there are some signs that you can look for to determine whether or not your child has a hearing issue and whether you will need to be choosing an audiologist for them the next time you visit the doctor.

Selective Hearing
It might seem like your child is purposely ignoring you at times, and then there will be other times that they hear you right away with no issues at all. However, you will find that your child isn’t doing it to annoy you, they might simply have issues hearing you under certain conditions and this can be a sign that they need a hearing test.

Volume is Loud
If you are watching TV as a family in the evening, you might start to notice that your child asks for the volume to be turned up louder than the rest of the family needs it. It could be that they enjoy a louder TV, however it is more likely that your child is struggling to hear the TV and they need a higher volume as a result.

Falling Grades
You might notice that your child’s grades have started to noticeably fall over the last few months or the last year. You might even receive a call from your child's teacher.  This can be a sign that your child is unable to hear what the teacher is explaining to them. Talk to your teacher and see if they mention anything about your child not listening or not concentrating as this could be a warning signal that they need help with their hearing.

Speaking Loud
When people are hard of hearing they will often talk louder than they need to because they think that they need to compensate for not being able to hear anything. If you start to notice that the volume your child speaks is rising, you need to think about getting them booked in with the doctor.  We all have a tendency to speak louder when we can not hear the other person speaking.

What?
It might seem annoying when you are talking to someone and they reply by asking "What?", but it is not their fault if they cannot hear what you are saying properly and need it repeated in a louder tone. If you notice your child doing this more often than not, you will need to think about taking them to the doctors and they might need their ears cleared of wax blockage, or it could be a sign that they need a hearing aid.

Signs of Being Anti-Social
Not being able to hear what people are talking about can have an effect on your confidence, and as a child it can really affect how they feel. It could make them feel inadequate and to feel as if they aren’t good enough. When your child starts acting more quiet than usual and not joining in with conversations, it could be due to them not being able to hear what the other kids are saying and therefore not being able to respond.

The signs do not always point to your child requiring a hearing aid, but just make sure to have there hearing checked to make sure, especially if more than one of the warning signs appear.  School is starting soon, and this is the perfect time to have their hearing checked.  

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon!


 

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