Hearing management

Updated 12 July 2013

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are varied, and may include frequent earaches, lack of attention to casual conversation and a tendency to be withdrawn.


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  • Tendency to be withdrawn and lack of desire to be involved in social activities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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Francis Slabber is a Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist who has owned and run The Hearing Clinic in Wynberg, Cape Town for the last 17 years. Francis and her team have extensive experience in fitting and supplying hearing aids as well as assistive living devices. Francis has served as the Western Cape Chairperson for the South African Association of Audiologists for three years and has given many talks on the topic of hearing loss and amplification. The Hearing Clinic has a special interest in adult and geriatric hearing impairment, hearing aid fittings and hearing rehabilitation.

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