Hearing management

Updated 07 December 2017

What are the symptoms of hearing deficiency?

The symptoms of hearing deficiency are varied, and may include frequent earaches, lack of attention to casual conversation and a tendency to be withdrawn.

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The symptoms of hearing deficiency are varied:

  • Frequent earaches and complaints of ear problems
  • Frequent colds with ear discharge
  • Lack of attention to casual conversation
  • Delayed talking in children
  • Consistently ignored verbal directions
  • Tendency to be withdrawn and lack of desire to be involved in social activities
  • Difficulty in articulating certain speech sounds
  • Frequent confusion as to what has been said
  • Constant visual scanning of speakers’ face
  • Consistently turning the head to one side when paying attention to for example a teacher
  • Reading disability
  • Spelling errors
  • Difficulty in taking dictation
  • Indifference to music
  • Daydreaming
  • Speaking very softly or too loudly

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Rene Hornby has been the owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. AuD degree obtained in 2013 at AT Still University Health Science Depart-ment, Arizona. Masters in Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria, 2003. Remedial Teaching Diploma at Rand University, 1996. Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria, 1993. Owner of a private practice in Pretoria since 1999. Educating the community regarding early identification of hearing problems and screening of new-borns. Providing assistance and services at retirement homes. Part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. External examiner at the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo. Presenter at conferences and seminars.

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