Most classroom learning involves listening to the teacher, and if your child struggles with undiagnosed hearing loss, he struggles with learning. Effective treatment following early diagnosis will allow your child to learn and progress with his peers. Identifying the problem is the key. If you have concerns about your child’s ability to hear, call 865-982-8557 today for an appointment with a Blount Hearing & Speech pediatric audiologist in Knoxville, Tennessee.
There are some recognizable signs that your child may be missing what is said in the classroom due to hearing loss.
- Low performance in the lecture-based subjects
- Low desire for involvement in class participation
- Lower grades as result of missed communication
- Little desire to socialize
- A general lack of attention when someone speaks
Hearing screenings for school-age children are a vital tool in identifying hearing loss. Hearing loss affects a child’s capacity for developing speech, language and communication skills, and for learning in a classroom setting. To make sure that your child gains the best benefits of her education, have her hearing tested at Blount Hearing & Speech in Knoxville, TN.
Blount’s audiologist, in addition to being a hearing specialist, is also a kid specialist! Hearing evaluations are safe, short, pain-free and age-appropriate for children. Hearing impairment, however slight, shouldn’t go uncorrected. If hearing loss is discovered during testing, the doctor will discuss with you the findings, diagnosis and treatment. Before your child falls behind in school due to an undetected hearing problem, come in for a screening. At Blount Hearing & Speech, we’re with you every step of the way to hearing health.
How precious is our sense of hearing – allowing us the ability to perceive the voices of our loved ones, the ocean’s roar, sweet birdsong, and the myriad of sounds that make up our days and lives. Sustaining loss to our sense of hearing can muffle voices to a mutter and rob us of our ability to easily enjoy the sounds we love. Hearing loss comes with age and may come as the result of work environment noise, loud music or disease. No matter the cause, frustration arises with the difficulties associated with hearing loss.
Hearing loss brings various difficulties.
- Loss of sensitivity—difficulty hearing soft speech
- Problems hearing high frequency consonants—difficulty understanding conversation
- Discrimination loss—difficulty understanding speech in noisy surroundings
Not all of us struggle with each of these, so we must work together when conversing.
Suggestions that can help with both sides of a conversation when one person struggles with hearing loss:
- Always face and look at the person with whom you’re speaking. Don’t look away during conversation. It’s always easier to communicate while facing and focusing on each other.
- When background noise is an issue, lessen the distance between the two of you. Sit or stand within a few feet of each other. And, if possible, lessen the level of noise. Choose a quieter time to dine out, move to a quieter place or turn off the distracting sounds of the television or radio.
- “Fill in the blanks” – if we understand the main direction of a conversation, we can usually stay involved even when we don’t hear every word. Stating the subject of discussion makes drawing conclusions from the context easier. Listening for ideas over details helps. If you must understand deeper, be sure to ask for clarification.
Enunciating each word clearly and a bit louder than usual, with emphasis on key words, allows those with hearing loss to be part of the conversation with less of a struggle. The extra effort we put into enhancing our conversation with each other is ever worth it for us all.
The professionals at Blount Hearing & Speech Services understand that each person’s hearing difficulties are unique. Contact us today for a speech and hearing evaluation and diagnosis. With advanced technology and genuine concern, our audiologist and staff will work to discover the best treatment for you. You can communicate with hearing loss. We can make it happen. Call Blount Hearing & Speech Services today at 865-982-8557 to schedule your appointment for excellence in hearing health care.
Join us at Blount Hearing & Speech Services for an informational seminar on 6/25/14 to learn about the ReSound Linx made for iPhone hearing aids
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Two times to choose from:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Do you know the signs of hearing and speech disorders? The earlier you can detect the signs, the more favorable the opportunity for prevention and reversal, offering protection against lasting damage.
Signs of hearing or speech disorders in your child
The early stages of communication disorders are easier to recognize when you know them. These are some of the signs that your child may have a speech and language disorder or hearing loss:
- Delays in speech and language development
- Does not follow or understand what you’re saying
- Does not respond when her/his name is called
- Struggles to say sounds and words
- Displays unhappiness in school and difficulty with learning
- Experiences ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise
Most hearing loss issues can be remedied with modern technology. Detecting hearing loss and speech difficulties early, and seeking corrective treatment, offers the best chance for successful recovery and development.
If you’ve become aware that your child exhibits any of these warning signs, contact the audiologist at Blount Hearing and Speech for a consultation and evaluation to answer or ease your concerns.
Signs in Adults
Adults are affected by hearing and speech impairment as well as children. While hearing loss of some degree affects two children out of one hundred under the age of eighteen, according to the NIDCD, nearly one in five adults has hearing loss, and only one in five of those people will seek help for their impairment. Speech and language disorders and hearing loss in adults are indicated by these symptoms which can occur quickly or slowly over time:
- Struggling to say sounds or words
- Failure to respond to spoken words
- Speaking in short or fragmented phrases
- Avoiding conversation
- Constant frustration with hearing speech and other sounds
- Speaking with a mumbling quality
If your loved one struggles with hearing or speech disorders, it’s vital to seek treatment. Contact the audiologist at Blount Hearing and Speech, and allow the latest custom-fitted technology and therapy to improve your level of satisfaction and quality of life. Early detection provides the greatest benefit, so setup an appointment for a comprehensive hearing evaluation and personalized treatment. The professionals at Blount Hearing and Speech will work to find a solution to letting clarity of sound back into your life. Call 865-982-8557 today for your appointment.
There is a good reason that mothers talk to their unborn children. At around 20 weeks, unborn babies begin to detect sounds. These sounds, including the mother’s heartbeat, body sounds and voice are the major sources of stimulation for the unborn baby. Yet hearing loss is the most common birth defect among newborns.
In the United States, between one and three babies out of a thousand are born with some degree of hearing loss. Due to this unfortunate number, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies receive a hearing test for newborns before leaving the hospital. Without this screening, hearing loss is difficult to determine in the first months of a child’s life. The good news is that hearing screenings for newborns are able to detect possible hearing problems in the first days of life. When hearing loss is indicated, further testing can confirm the findings and treatment can begin.
Babies begin learning from birth, and a primary avenue of learning is by hearing. When newborn hearing problems go undetected and untreated the child struggles with speech, language and social development as he or she grows. Early intervention through appropriate treatment greatly improves the child’s ability to attain good language and learning skills. In response to newborn hearing loss, early detection makes a world of difference in the child’s world.
At Blount Hearing and Speech Services, we remain passionate about early detection of hearing loss and providing your child with early intervention. Contact our office today for more information about our newborn hearing screening and follow-up program, or to schedule an appointment.
Approximately 36 million adults in the United States report some degree of hearing loss, while only 1 out of 5 of those who could benefit from a hearing aid wear one. Hearing impairment is one of the most common disabilities and increases as we age. The advantages of wearing hearing aids to those who need them are considerable. Hearing aids can:
- Increase safety and awareness to your personal surroundings
- Allow you better understanding and participation in conversations
- Let you hear what you’ve been missing—birdsong, music, rain, voices
- Allow you to respond to the ringing doorbell and telephone
Digital hearing aids have evolved into the state-of-the-art, high quality instrument we know today. Directional, virtually invisible, powerful, and with a longer lifespan, the significant engineering of hearing aids over the years has brought us the fine quality of sound we enjoy today.
Hearing aids can bring sound back into your life. Don’t miss out on the delightful laughter and conversations that hearing aids can return to you. Don’t allow your inability to hear bring isolation into your life. If you’re looking for an audiologist in Knoxville and the surrounding areas, come in and visit Blount Hearing and Speech.
At Blount Hearing and Speech, our audiologists are dedicated to providing you with excellence in hearing health care. Using cutting edge diagnostic equipment, we ensure that you receive a comprehensive hearing evaluation. We offer a wide variety of sophisticated products to meet your hearing health care needs. And your complete satisfaction is guaranteed. Don’t cheat yourself out of hearing the music of your life. Contact Blount Hearing and Speech for an appointment today.