Disability or Hearing Loss

Jul 13 2016
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.

Learning Disability of Hearing Loss

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

Source: https://houghear.org/bhsm/

Hearing Affects Job Opportunities

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.

Hearing Challenges

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