Hearing management

Updated 07 December 2017

What are the symptoms of hearing deficiency?

The symptoms of hearing deficiency are varied, and may include frequent earaches, lack of attention to casual conversation and a tendency to be withdrawn.

The symptoms of hearing deficiency are varied:

  • Frequent earaches and complaints of ear problems
  • Frequent colds with ear discharge
  • Lack of attention to casual conversation
  • Delayed talking in children
  • Consistently ignored verbal directions
  • Tendency to be withdrawn and lack of desire to be involved in social activities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 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
  • Speaking very softly or too loudly

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Minette Lister graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Audiology) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville in 2015. Thereafter, she completed her compulsory year of community service at Phoenix Assessment and Therapy Centre in Durban. In 2017, Minette started working for Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. She is passionate about working with children and adults to diagnose and manage hearing loss using state of the art technology. Minette offers hearing screening programmes for newborn and high-risk babies, as well as school-aged children, in order to decrease the incidence of late or unidentified hearing loss.

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