Possible amplification options are reviewed. This website aims to serve as an initial aid as you embark on a new pathway with your child. We hope it provides you with some useful information and assists you in making the best decision for your child.
1. Conductive Hearing Loss Any problem in the outer or middle ear ...
2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Any damage to the sensitive inner ear hair cells can lead to a sensorineural hearing loss. The degree of hearing loss can range from mild through moderate to a severe or profound hearing loss. This is a permanent type of hearing loss that will not get better but can sometimes get worse. It is possible for someone to have a conductive loss in addition to a sensorineural loss.
This is similar to the oral-aural approach, but lip-reading is not used. It is often referred to as “active listening.”
A visual and manual language using handshakes and the rest of the body, including the face, to convey words and concepts, e.g. British Sign Language (BSL). Sign language is an independent language with a specific vocabulary and grammatical structure.
A “habilitation” approach consisting of the integration of oral/aural and manual communication strategies. Although these are separate ways of communicating with your child, some people choose to use them in combination. Some parents may choose to talk to their child, whilst others use speech and sign. Some parents may be hearing impaired themselves, and may choose to communicate with their child using oral-aural communication or sign language. The mode of communication you use with your child may change over time, depending on their amplification, schooling and other factors. Ask your local professional about the different communication options and resources available.
Lip-reading, Eye Contact and Physical Contact
People with hearing loss come to rely to a greater extent on their other senses. Sight, touch and intuition are valuable communication tools. As hearing aid users make extensive use of lip-reading, either consciously or subconsciously, you should try to keep your whole face in clear view when speaking. When you address a hearing aid user, try to make eye contact and perhaps say the person’s name. If you know each other well, you can touch, for example, the person’s arm to catch his or her attention.