Hearing management

Hearing in children

Is your child hearing you?

If you're concerned about your baby's hearing, the Children's Hospital in Richmond, USA, offers this checklist of typical behaviour.

1 in 5 teens has hearing loss

A stunning number of teens have lost a little bit of their hearing nearly one in five and the problem has increased substantially in recent years.

Gene therapy for deafness moves a few steps closer

Gene therapy to improve hearing in those with genetic deafness has shown promise in a new trial - a treatment that could greatly improve the quality of life of children born with hearing impairments.

Worcester girl gets new ears

Cassidy Sitella, a Grade 3 pupil from Nuwe Hoop Sentrum in Worcester was born without ears. However her life has now changed after she underwent reconstructive surgery.

More girls suffer hearing loss

Boys have been more likely than girls to show signs of a particular type of hearing loss, but girls are catching up - and the portable audio players may be to blame.

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Hearing Expert

Heidi Allan is a qualified audiologist and speech-language therapist with 28 years experience both in South Africa and the Netherlands. I am a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the South African Speech-Language Hearing Association and the South African Audiology Association. I have held leadership roles at both provincial and national level in my profession and deliver presentations across the country on aspects of audiology. My areas of particular interest include Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), hearing aid fitting and rehabilitation, diagnostic audiology and public education.

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