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Speech and hearing therapy are important health related specialties concerned with normal development of human communication and treatment of its disorders. Speech therapy focuses on voice and speech-language skills, while hearing therapy deals with hearing and hearing impairment. Speech or language disorders may be present at birth or acquired later in life by disease, illness, head injury, substance abuse or allergy. Hearing loss may be acquired before or during birth if a pregnant woman takes certain drugs or contracts a viral disease such as rubella. Children sometimes acquire hearing loss from infection and inflammation of the middle ear or from communicable diseases. Adult hearing may be affected by prolonged exposure to loud noise and the process of aging. For more information please contact us.
Acquired hearing loss is a hearing loss which appears after birth, at any time in one's life, perhaps as a result of a disease, a condition, or an injury. The following are examples of conditions that can cause acquired hearing loss in children are: Ear infections (otitis media) Ototoxic (damaging to the auditory system) drugs Meningitis Measles Encephalitis Chicken pox Influenza Mumps Head injury Noise exposure
SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING MILESTONES Birth to Three Years • Reacts to loud sounds with startle • Is soothed and quieted by soft sounds • Turns head to you when you speak after neck holding achieved • Is awakened by loud voices and sounds • Smiles in response to certain voices when spoken to • Seems to know your voice and quiets down if crying Four to Six Months • Looks or turns toward a new sound • Responds to "no" and changes in tone of voice • Imitates his or her own voice • Enjoys rattles and other toys that make sounds • Begins to repeat sounds (such as, "ooh, " "aah, " and "ba-ba") • Becomes scared by a loud voice or noise Seven to Twelve months • Responds to his or her own name, telephone ringing, or someone's voice, even when not loud • Knows words for common things (such as, "cup" or "shoe") and sayings (such as, "bye-bye") • Makes babbling sounds, even when alone • Starts to respond to requests (such as, "come here") • Looks at things or pictures when someone talks about them • Enjoys games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake • Imitates simple words and sounds; may use a few single words meaningfully If you fail to see any of the above responses please consult concern. Audiologist, Hearing Assessment, Hearing Aid Fitting and Auditory Verbal Therapy "Early is always a Better"
Cleft and Hearing Loss The hearing loss in a cleft patient is a well known documented, but generally gets ignored. These children continue to have recurrent otitis media with effusion that affects the hearing abilities. Unfortunatley the middle ear function may not improve with palatoplasty. Cleft palate teams need to follow up all such children beginning at birth and going into adulthood, decades after a ‘successful’ palate repair. These patients should have careful otological and audiological surveillance with appropriate interventions whenever required. untreated and fluctuating hearing loss has impact on speech, language, social an academic progress. # pure tone audiogram, impedance testing, brainstem evoked response
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