Mar 10, 2016 | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Can:Do Hearing – have you considered a hearing test for your child?

Children use their hearing ability to develop language skills in order to communicate, and it is critical for their development.  Have you ever wondered if your child can hear properly?  Are they easily distracted in the classroom or at home?  Do they struggle to follow instructions or appear inattentive?  A hearing test may help to identify the reasons for this behaviour.

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Hearing loss can occur for many reasons: ear infections, premature birth, trauma, genetic conditions, certain diseases, and exposure to noise. The earlier a hearing loss is identified and managed the better for a child’s language, learning and overall development.  A hearing test may be an important step for your child as hearing loss is invisible; your child may respond to many noises but have difficulty hearing soft sounds.  A newborn hearing screening may also miss mild hearing loss, or your child’s hearing can change as they grow.  A test is also useful if you have concerns regarding speech and language development.

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Can:Do Hearing offers hearing assessments for kids from 6 months of age.  Can:Do Hearing is an independent South Australian not-for-profit audiology clinic whose proceeds go directly to Can:Do 4Kids and Deaf Can:Do, supporting deaf, blind, hearing and vision impaired South Australians.

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There are a number of paediatric hearing assessments available at Can:Do Hearing. Tests are tailored to each child, based on their needs, age and their ability to respond.  Testing may include listening games, speech testing and middle ear health checks.  The assessments normally take 45 minutes to complete and are painless.  The best part is that they are fun!  All Can:Do Hearing clinicians are fully qualified professional audiologists with extensive experience.  The results will be available to you as soon as the tests are completed.  Occasionally, it may take more than one session to obtain a complete picture of your child’s hearing.

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Sometimes children who have normal hearing may still have difficulty listening – and it’s important to differentiate between the two. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a condition whereby a child lacks the ability to process sound correctly and make full use of what they hear. A child with this condition can hear spoken messages, but may not be able make sense of the information.  As a result, they will experience language and learning difficulties which may include problems with listening in noisy environments, understanding and following instructions, remembering information that they have heard, and learning to read, write and spell.

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Auditory Processing Disorder is believed to affect at least 3 – 5% of the population, equating to approximately one child in every classroom.    If you are concerned that your child may be affected by Auditory Processing Disorder, and they are six years of age or older, you can book them in with Can:Do Hearing for an assessment with a paediatric audiologist.  The audiologist will determine which tests are suitable for your child’s needs and abilities.  You will be provided with comprehensive assessments, results and recommendations to assist your child.

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If your child does require intervention, Can:Do Hearing and Can:Do 4Kids work together to provide a comprehensive range of simple and effective specialist services on one site.  The range of services will help your child to achieve significant and lasting improvements in auditory processing, working memory, attention, reading, spelling and writing, language, and self-esteem.

The Wrap Up 

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