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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Need more info | 2003/12/02

Q.

Deafness due to meningitis

Hi,

I recently made friends with the most wonderful deaf person. I'm trying to learn as much as I can and was wondering whether in today's marvelous medical advances there isn't anything they can do for her?

Apparently the nerves connecting something to the brain doesn't function properly or at all in her case.

Miraculously her deafness has not impaired her as other deaf people usually are. She lives a very normal life and function very well in the hearing world. She is a true inspiration to everyone, not only the deaf community.

Hope to hear from you

Ciao
Jacky

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hi Jacky,

As proven to you and hopefully to the rest of society, a person with a hearing dissability is just that - a PERSON. The hearing dissabilty does not mean that, that person is now mentallly unable to function as you and me!

You do not mention if your friend wears hearing aids or not and if your friend communicates by talking or sighning and how old your friend is. Has the condition existed since childhood or only recently?


There are many factors to take into concideration. There are definitely a lot of medical advances today i.e the cochlear implant , and also advances in technolgy to make the latest digital hearing aids very sophisticated to help with speech understanding in noisy surroundings.

I would advise that she consults her hearing care professional or Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to determine what can be done for her.

please contact me if you need any further info on audiologists or ent specialists in your area. My e-mail is in the biography section.

Thank you and keep up the great friendship.

regards,

Chantél Booysen - Audiologist

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