Hearing loss in children – know the signs

Treating hearing loss improves communication skills and keeps your brain fit for healthier living
Treating hearing loss improves communication skills and keeps your brain fit for healthier living

Normal hearing in children is important for cognitive (brain), speech, language and social development.

Local audiologist and speech therapist Mandy Pillay says our sense of hearing is directly linked to our brain development. During the critical years of a child’s brain development, it is important that the child hears environmental sounds and speech. These sound experiences encourage brain cell development and the connections between the cells.

Pillay, who practices from Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital and Life The Crompton Hospital, has 30 years’ experience in audiology and speech therapy, and says depriving the brain of auditory stimulation can lead to long term effects on auditory and language skills, ultimately affecting educational and social development.

“It is therefore important for hearing testing to start from birth and continually annually. Identifying and treating hearing loss during the critical language acquisition period will lead to better overall speech, language, cognitive, educational and emotional outcomes,” said Pillay.

Some of the indictors of poor hearing are asking for repetition, poor concentration, speaking too loudly, and inability to follow instructions. Hearing loss can be acquired from bacterial or viral infections, genetic factors or due to accidental causes.

An audiologist can examine, assess and diagnose hearing losses in children and adults. Consult an audiologist if you have any concerns or questions.

Details: Mandy Pillay Audiologist 031 701 8429 Email: mandypillay@hit.co.za

The anatomy of the human ear.
The anatomy of the human ear.
The journey of sound from the ear to the brain.
The journey of sound from the ear to the brain.
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