Mother & Baby (Australia) - - The Buzz -

Hear­ing loss is one of the most com­mon dis­abil­i­ties di­ag­nosed at birth, how­ever most chil­dren with hear­ing loss de­velop it later in child­hood. Com­mon signs of hear­ing loss can in­clude a child watch­ing fa­cial ex­pres­sions more in­tently than usual, dif­fi­culty fo­cus­ing in crowded or noisy places such as su­per­mar­kets, touch­ing or pulling on their ears, not re­spond­ing to their name when called, and lis­ten­ing to the TV louder than nec­es­sary.

“Cur­rently our health sys­tem doesn’t have rou­tine hear­ing tests in place for chil­dren after new­born in­fant screen­ing, so it’s very im­por­tant for par­ents to be aware of the signs and to speak up if they think some­thing might be amiss,”

says Dr Jim Hunger­ford, CEO of The Shepherd Cen­tre. “Many peo­ple don’t re­alise 92 per cent of deaf chil­dren are born to hear­ing par­ents and the ma­jor­ity of these chil­dren are be­ing di­ag­nosed as a tod­dler. Par­ents can give their chil­dren the best chance at suc­cess by pick­ing up on it and be­gin­ning early in­ter­ven­tion sup­port as early as pos­si­ble.”

The Shepherd Cen­tre has launched a free on­line quiz to help you work out whether your child has hear­ing loss. To de­ter­mine whether your child needs their hear­ing checked, visit www.shep­herd­cen­­ingquiz.

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