Disability or Hearing Loss
Even a mild hearing loss or a one-sided hearing loss can affect school work.
In children, hearing loss can be confused with a learning disability when, in fact, the child might not be hearing clearly what the teacher is saying.
The earlier a hearing loss is detected in infants the better the outcome for language and speech development.
Signs of hearing loss in infants
Aged 3-4 months child cannot identify source of sound.
Aged 1 year child cannot utter single words.
Signs of hearing loss in children
1 Delayed speech
2 Unclear speech
3 Does not follow directions, which is sometimes mistaken for not paying attention or just ignoring, but could be the result of a partial or complete hearing loss
4 Often says, "Huh?"
5 Turns the TV volume up too high
NDIS funding for a Hearing Disability
Comapny's involved in NDIS Planning are aware of the issues involved in obtaining funding for a "participant" with a hearing disability.
NDIS funding does require either a 90 dB or 65 db hearing loss over pure tone average of 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz and 4000Hz. That is a significant hearing loss based on averages as per the graph below considering normal hearing sits at the 20 dB level and below.
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