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  • tendency to be withdrawn and lack of desire to be involved in social activities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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Mr Y. Dayaram comes to you with an international track record as a consulting audiologist. He carries the distinction of being voted the “Stand out Individual in the Industry” in the UK. This Golden Lobe Award was presented to him in October 2011 by the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP), a professional body of audiologists in the UK. He has 13 years of experience under the belt and this runs deep in South Africa and the UK, ranging from private clinical practice to government hospitals and as a consultant audiologists for leading multinational hearing aid manufacturers. He is registered with the Health Professionals Council South Africa and the local professional bodies.

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