As hearing care specialists, one of our key roles is hearing education. With that in mind, we find that many people often consider hearing loss to be something that mainly impacts seniors. When it comes to kids, a potential hearing problem is often overlooked, at least for a period of time.
However, hearing difficulties can impact individuals of all ages. Naturally, if your child is struggling to hear, this is going to have a negative impact on his/her grades. What’s more, if a youngster has always had issues with their hearing, the family may not even realize that they have a problem - hearing difficulties will be normal to them!
Signs that your child may be struggling to hear include the following:
Failure to look in direction sound is coming from by the time they reach 6 months
Unable to use single words by their first birthday
No reaction by sudden loud noises
Intermittent response to sounds (seem to hear some sounds, but not all)
Lack of response to name
Excessive balance difficulties
In Older Kids:
Delayed development of speech (perhaps the onset was much later than their peers)
Speech challenges (lack of clarity/stutter)
Struggles to take direction
Cranks the volume on everything from the TV to their iPod
Often asks people to repeat things
Most individuals suffering from hearing loss are under the age of 65!
In short, a hearing problem could most definitely be impacting on your child’s grades. If you think your child may be struggling with hearing difficulties, please bring your school-aged child in for an assessment. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.