Hearing Impairment

Hearing is the sense that allows us to perceive sound including speech. Hearing impairment(HI) occurs when one lose part or all of his/her ability to hear.

Signs and Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms include:
• Often asking for repetition
• Tinnitus (hearing a hissing sound in the ear)
• Difficulty understanding speech in noise
• Turning the volume up on the television/music
• Not participating in activities/isolating one’s self
• Speaking too loudly or too softly
• Delayed language and speech production development
• Poor academic performance

Intervention
• Children with HI should be seated closest to the teacher
• They should be encouraged to partake in playgroup activities
• Use of amplification systems
• Hearing aids