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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: tinaye | 2004/03/11

Q.

One year nine daughter cannot talk is becoz 0f hearing

My daughter has been to a ear nose and throat specialist she got fluid drained from her ears but still no improvement.
She was then refered to a specialist for hearing aids she was tests but the results failed to come out. She is one year nine months now she cannot talk but makes sounds like mama, brrr,aaaa, etc could this child's hearing and speech corrected.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Tinaye,

I am not sure when these tests were done and when last your daughter has been to an ENT specialist.
When tests are done on small kids like your daughter it is imperative that the middle ears are clean without fluid. The fluid in the middle ear does affect the results of the testing.

I would recommend that you consult the specialist again to ensure that the ears are clear. If the ears are clear go for the objective tests again.

I would than recommend that you have your child evaluated by a speech language therapist. The therapist see if your child is behind and therapy can be recommended.

Your child is still young thus chances of correction will be good. Just have the ears sorted out first.

Please let me know if you need numbers of speech therapists in your area.

Regards,

Chantél

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Posted by: Tracy | 2004/05/19

Sorry, I jsut have been through all of this and it is "nice" to know I am not the only person. You can puchase a thing called a "huggie". It is a plastic tube thing that goes over the hearing aid and does prevent the aid from simply falling off or being pulled off easily. It has helped me a lot, I can promise, my daughter has lost two sets but since the huggies were impoelmented never again. Note, there is always a chance but it reduces the risk.

Reply to Tracy
Posted by: Tracy | 2004/05/19

My daughter was diangosed as being hearing impared at 3yrs. She is now turning 6yrs and still only talkes on a 4yr level. I suggest you start speech therapy immediately and if necessary obtain hearing aids. If you want I can give you the contact details of our audiologists, they are brilliant.

Reply to Tracy
Posted by: Tina | 2004/04/02

Thank you for the information for tinaye. The latest is that she went for the hearing level test and it was confirmed that the level is very low and she needed hearing aids. I have purchased the hearing aids and now the problem is she keeps taking them off and therefore makes it difficult for me to assess weather she is getting any help from these hearing aids. What can I do to protect the aid from her taking them off I guess she is so young and fails to understand what is going on.

I am in Zimbabwe and I wanted to find out in a case that the resources here are not of help to my daughter where in SA can I take my daughter for hearing correction please help I am really getting stressed. I hope it can be corrected

Reply to Tina
Posted by: Chantel Booysen - Audiologist | 2004/03/25

No sorry, no website as yet.

Speech therapist

Benoni - H. Bezuidenhout 011- 849 3098

Farrarmere F. Honck - 011- 4251434

boksburg - l. Hamm - 011826 6952
KemptonPark - E. Krause 011- 3940663

Glen Marais - A. Schoeman - 011 391 1014

Randburg - C. Van Heerden - 011782 7464
Springs - M. Arnott 011- 8185340
Pollak Park - H. Babic - 011 815 1085

If there is no name or number in the area you are please mail me again with your specific area and on or two surrounding!

regards,

Chantel

Reply to Chantel Booysen - Audiologist
Posted by: Tina | 2004/03/18

Hi, I'm looking for a Speech Therapist (afrikaans) on the East Rand? Is there any website available where the info can be found?

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