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Your newborn should have a hearing screening before being discharged from the hospital.
Every state and territory in the United States has now established an Early Hearing Detection
and Intervention (EHDI) program to identify before 3 months of age every child born with a
permanent hearing loss, and to provide intervention services before 6 months of age.
If your baby doesn’t have this screening, or was born at home or a birthing center,
it’s important to have a hearing screening within the first 3 weeks of life.
If your baby does not pass the hearing screening, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a hearing
loss. Because debris or fluid in the ear can interfere with the test, it’s often redone to confirm a diagnosis.
If your newborn doesn’t pass the initial hearing screening, it’s important to get a retest within
3 months so treatment can begin right away. Treatment for hearing loss can be the most effective
if it’s started by the time a child is 6 months old.
If your child seems to have trouble hearing, if speech development seems abnormal,
or if your child’s speech is difficult to understand, talk with your doctor or
call us at Saline Audiology to schedule a hearing evaluation.
501-778-3868 or 501-922-0053
Hearing Loss in Children
Hearing Loss Association of America
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is launching a campaign
to raise awareness of the early signs that a child may have a speech or hearing problem.
The group hopes it will lead to more parents seeking early intervention for their children, said Patricia Prelock, president of the ASHA.
Signs of Hearing Loss in Children
•Lack of attention to sounds
•Does not follow simple directions
•Does not respond when their name is called
•Delays in speech and language development
•Pulls or scratches at their ears
•Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
•Socially isolated and unhappy in school
•Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise
(regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)
“For some problems, if we detect them early enough, we can reverse the course or
prevent the disorder from occurring,” Prelock said. “We know that those disorders that are not detected
lead to social isolation and academic challenges, so it’s really important to do something as soon as possible.”
“It’s better to have it checked out than to sit and worry about it and lose a year because your child has a mild hearing loss or
a slight speech problem,” Prelock said. “I would rather screen a child and find out on he’s on the right trajectory,
than let it go and wish I would have had him checked out.”
Early detection is very important!
If you notice several of these signs or have questions or concerns about your child’s hearing,
call Saline Audiology and schedule a hearing exam. 501-778-3868 or 501-922-0053
Imagine a beautiful summer day. You spend the morning outside, listening to the birds and enjoying the sunshine. Evening rolls around, and you spend time eating a meal with your loved ones; laughing, telling stories, and handing out lots of seconds. Now, imagine the day where you walk outside and can’t hear the birds, or you’re talking with your loved one and can’t understand what they are saying.
These are extreme examples, but what many people don’t know is that hearing loss has a gradual onset. Many people are not aware their hearing is declining until they start to experience symptoms such as having to turn up their television volume, asking people to repeat themselves, or having difficulty hearing in background noise. Because it happens so gradually, it’s important to monitor your hearing levels with annual tests. It’s also recommended that you get tested before you have any concerns. This may seem strange, but if difficulties do start to arise, it allows the audiologist to compare how you were hearing before to how you’re hearing now.
To keep our ears and hearing system as a whole functioning optimally, it is best to identify hearing loss early, treat it right away, and treat it appropriately. AudigyCertified™audiologists do this by bringing you through a four-step process. First you are brought in to talk about any difficulties you’ve been having, as well as your medical history. Then your ears are checked to make sure they’re healthy and clean. Next you take a thorough hearing test and go over the test results. If treatment is appropriate for you, your provider can discuss your options, because there may be more than one. If you have any questions regarding hearing loss or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your local AudigyCertified provider.
July 17th, 2014 by Holly Eischens, Au.D.
Hearing Care Blog
Saline Audiology is here for the hearing health care needs of your entire family. 501-778-3868 or 501-922-0053
Almost all sound waves are unique contributing to the uniqueness of each sound.
To understand how we hear, you first need to know that sounds are invisible vibrations that travel through the air. When someone speaks, tree leaves rustle, a telephone rings or anything else creates a ‘sound’, vibrations are sent through the air in all directions. We know them as sound waves.
Almost all sound waves are unique. That’s why each person or thing sounds different – and why one person or thing doesn’t always sound the same. Some sound waves might be high pitched or low pitched, loud or soft.
When our ears capture sound waves, they convert them into messages our brains can understand. How well they are captured – and how clearly they are sent to our brains – depends on how well our ears work.
There are three major parts to the ear:
To hear naturally, each part needs to work properly.
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