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The Importance of Hearing Test

A child with normal hearing develops hearing skills in stages:

Detection Child shows awareness of speech or sound. They detect it but don’t understand what it means.
Discrimination Child recognizes that some sounds are the same or different.
Identification Child understands simple words, phrases, sentences, along with building memory.
Comprehension Child understands longer and more complex language.

Source: www.audiologyonline.com

How do you know if your child has a hearing loss?

Screening Hearing Test

Audiological Evaluation

  • Also known as “full hearing test,” which determines the types of hearing loss.
  • There are different types of full hearing tests.
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) gives information about the inner ear, which is also known as cochlea.
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) are “the sounds given off by the inner ear when the cochlea is stimulated by the sound.”
  • Pure-Tone Testing determines the “faintest tones” a person can hear from low to high sound levels.
  • Speech Testing includes Speech Reception Threshold (SRT), which determines the “faintest speech that can be heard half of the time.”
  • Tests of the Middle Ear give information on how the middle ear is functioning. Tests include tympanometry, acoustic reflex measures, and static acoustic impedance.
  • Source: Different Types of Hearing Tests (ASHA)
  • The results of full hearing tests are confirmed within 3 months, and your child may be enrolled in early intervention programs within 6 months.
  • Resource for Parents: Hearing Loss Association of America

Educational Options:

How will your child communicate to you and other people?

– Angie

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