thread: Hearing loss

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2005

    Hearing loss

    Are there any other parents who have a child with unlateral hearing loss or any hearing loss for that matter. My 7 year old has total healing loss to her right ear, cause unknown. This kind of hearing loss is very rare. I am interested in chatting with other parents who have children with hearing loss of any kind and how it affects their lives.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Aug 2003
    Melbourne, Australia

    Sorry HypnoHarmony, I don't know anything about hearing loss in children. When was this discovered? If you don't mind, I would love to hear a little more about your story, if you want to post it of course.

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2005

    Katherine was diagnosed with sensory-neural hearing loss to the right ear at 4 years of age. This means nerve damage. We were told that she had basically a dead ear as she had no hearing on any frequency. The cause is unknown...a total mystery. Oddly, her left ear has perfect hearing making her kind of hearing loss very unusual.

    It is amazing how she has adapted to it. She lip reads well and she constantly amazes me by how she copes. Children are amazing.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jun 2005

    I had a moderate hearing loss that required a hearing aid in my left ear for a a couple of years when I was around 10. But now my hearing is perfect (apparently... I think I've just learnt to pass the test cause I still hear a lot less than other people!). Not being at all an expert on your daughters situation I would still recommend you learn Auslan as a family. It can be SO tiring trying to understand what everyone's saying sometimes and if you could all sign on her 'down' or 'tired' days it would probably mean so much.

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    Nessie Guest

    Hearing Loss

    Dear Hypnoharmony,
    My now 3 1/2 yearold son , Rohan, was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at 6 months of age.
    The reason was and still is unknown, however, he was implanted with a cochlear implant at 16 months of age. This technology has opened up a world of sound for my little boy who was previously locked in a world of complete silence.
    We opted for this technology because we saw it as far less of a limitation than sign language and because it would give Rohan the best possible future for integration into normal society. To my knowledge Unilateral hearing losses are also treatable (although I am not up on the techniques or treatment). As every hearing loss is different from the next I would suggest youd seek a referral to a speech centre that specialises in children with hearing losses (your ENT should be familliar with the organisations that are relevant to your area). We were attending the Telethon Speech and Hering Centre in Perth before swithchin to the Government organisation called WAIDE ( Western Australian Institute for Deaf Education).The results Rohan has achieved in this time with both these centres has been mind blowing, I would highly recommend it!

    Good luck, Vanessa. O