Hearing management

Posted by: Mommy | 2012-09-13


9 Year old hearing problem vs ADD

Hi there. My 9 year old daughter''''s teacher has give her through as having attention problems. The problem is that my child has a hearing problem om both her ears (high frequencies). She has been fitted with hearing aids only at the end of last year. I took her to a educational pshycologist and she did some tests, but the results were inconclusive - she came out normal on the visual tests, but scored 30% less on the non-visual tests. She said that we must make an appointment with a pediatric neurologist and also with a speech therapist to test her auditory processing skills. She also suggested a special school, but she has never failed and is still doing quite good in school despite her problems. I have written her in for extra classed for maths and language. The speech therapist told us that she definitely has problems with her auditory skills and is of the opinion that she is not ADD and that the whole problem is because of her hearing problem. She suggested speech therapy before considering any change in school. Our appointment with the pediatric neurologist is for next week. I really do not want my child to be put on any medication if that is not really her problem, but I also do not want to waste valuable time in sorting out her problem. I have no idea whether we are on the right track and I also feel that kids are put on medication very easily these days. My daughter is happy and enjoying her school life, despite her hearing problem. I do not want to cause issues and making her doubt herself in anyway. Having to wear a hearing aid is already enough of a drawback for a young girl - I think? Any advice would be appreciated?

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert


I hope that you are well. Upon review and due deliberation, it is advised that you take your daughter in for a consultation to the Audiologist, for a request of a possible APD assessment as-well. The advice previously forwarded to you is correct and a visit to the Paediatric Neurologist is mandatory in this situation. When you do visit the Paediatric Neurologist please consider the advice provided, and you may also convey your concerns with regard to what you feel comfortable with. Especially with children of a young age, a multidisciplinary approach in this regard is imperative, as speech and language development is also very important. Please keep in touch with regard to progress and outcomes.

Kind regards....

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