Hearing Awareness week occurs each year in the last week of August and recognises that hearing is precious and fragile. One in six Australians are affected by hearing loss. Hearing Awareness Week aims to raise community awareness of hearing impairment and how to protect your hearing. We turned to Nicole Eglinton, leading Audiologist and Director of Little Ears and All Ears Audiology to find out what services are available for people concerned about their own hearing or that of their child.
Little Ears is a paediatric audiology service offering comprehensive hearing assessments from 6 months of age and Auditory Processing assessments from 6 years of age. Children learn alot about the world around them from what they hear. Newborn hearing screening detects any significant hearing loss but may miss a mild loss. So, if you’ve ever wondered about your child’s ability to hear it’s important to get the testing done. The earlier any difficulties are detected and managed the better the outcomes for the child’s development and self-esteem.
So when to get testing? Parents of children with hearing loss often lament that they “missed it” but the reality is hearing loss and middle ear problems in children can be hard to recognise – it is often referred to as the “hidden disability”
In the early years if you’re concerned about your child’s speech and language development the first step is to have your child’s hearing checked. Hearing loss does not necessarily mean that your child cannot hear at all, they may respond to loud sounds but miss some of the important softer sounds of speech.
If your child frequently misunderstands information, has difficulty remembering and following instructions, and struggles to listen and attend in the classroom (i.e. background noise) – they may have an Auditory Processing Disorder. Auditory processing refers to “what we do with what we hear” rather than hearing at an ear level. It is estimated to affect around 3 to 5% of the population and often goes undiagnosed. Auditory processing assessments are available for children from 6 years of age.
There’s nothing to fear when it comes to having your child’s hearing assessed – the listening games are non-invasive and most importantly fun for you and your child.
But hearing tests are not just for children. Adults are impacted by hearing loss which most commonly happens with age or is caused by the loud environment in which we live. All Ears Audiology is a genuinely independent and ethical adult audiology service offering comprehensive hearing assessments and hearing management (hearing aids, listening devices and cochlear implants). So if you’ve started avoiding social activities because you can’t hear what is being said or can’t quite catch all the funny and entertaining things your children or grandchildren are saying – now might be the time to get tested. Just like children with hearing the loss, the earlier the loss is detected in adults the better the outcomes.
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The clinic is located at 63 Dulwich Ave, Dulwich, SA and also visit other locations including Victor Harbor.
To make a booking phone (08) 8120 2110
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