Hearing management

Posted by: Sipho | 2009-01-09


Hearing Aids

Dear Hearing Expect

My daughter is turning 4 years old next month. She still can'  t talk. We tried different thearast (speech and audiologist) but there is no improvement. Last year we took her to the Ear Institute for hearing test. She is now wearing hearing aids for 7 months. She is attending the special pre-school. She burbling like a baby - there'  s no change.

I feel that ENT specialist are not trying hard enough cure the problem. She had grommets twice and every time we took her ENT we asked him about the possibility of hearing loss he never tested it. After the audiologist report he never done his tests but just agreed that the child must get the hearing aids.

Hearing aids are now a big business, no effort to cure. Pse help.

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear Sipho

If your child needs amplification, then it is a wonderful decision that you had her fitted with hearing aids, please continue with the hearing aids as well as the therapy and appropriate schooling. If you do feel that you are not getting the right service from your ENT, then consider to change doctors and get a second opinion. If you need a referral to another ENT or an Audiologist, please let me know and i will gladly refer you (izabelle@widex.co.za).

I don't agree that hearing aids are a big business, it is however a wonderful and necessary option if correctly fitted. The first thing to address with language delays is the hearing and it is the first step of treatment but definitely not the last. Remember that if your little one had the hearing loss for 4 years then it will take a lot of therapy, time and investment to get her language development back on track. Please feel free to write and ask any questions that you may have.

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: Sipho | 2009-03-23

Thank you Izabelle for your response.

My child' s condition is becoming more complicated. She is now going for test if she is suitable candidate for cochear implant.

Please tell me what can go wrong with this procedure? Is it posible that she can start talking after that? Are cochear the same or is there best or better brand?

This is now becoming difficault for me and wife because she is first child with hearing problem. We can' t get any advises only support.

Thank you again.

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