Hearing management

Updated 29 January 2015

Symptoms of hearing loss

The symptoms of hearing deficiency are so varied that no one symptom would be interpreted as indicating the possibility of a loss.

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The symptoms of hearing deficiency are so varied that no one symptom would be interpreted as indicating the possibility of a loss, but if a child exhibited a number of such symptoms he should be tested. Some of the symptoms are:

  • frequent earaches and complaints of ear difficulties
  • frequent colds with ear discharge
  • lack of attention to casual conversation
  • late to start talking
  • verbal directions ignored consistently
  • tendency to be withdrawn and lack of desire to be involved in social activities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 the 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

Remember, waiting for these signs is waiting until it is much too late.

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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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