We easily assume that a child who has a good appetite, does not complain of any discomfort, and grows at a normal rate is healthy. However, there are conditions that do not have obvious signs, like hearing loss. Parents are often caught unaware because children with hearing loss usually show normal behaviors. Children who seem to be more withdrawn or exhibit uncommunicative behavior are often excused as having personality issues. The thought of a hearing problem is usually one of the last things that come to mind.
Schools in the Philippines rarely offer ear examinations. Because of this, hearing loss often goes unnoticed in school-age children. This is troubling because hearing loss can negatively affect a child’s communication and learning skills development as well as emotional and social wellbeing.
Children who suffer from hearing loss usually have difficulty understanding environmental sounds and spoken words. Their ability to talk and vocabulary are also limited. As a result, their academic performance suffers greatly, especially in subjects that focus on language and arts. Their reading, spelling, math, and problem solving proficiency are also lower than students who have normal hearing. Because of these, children with hearing loss often feel isolated, excluded, embarrassed, annoyed, confused, and helpless. They refuse to participate in group activities and act withdrawn or sullen. They also exhibit lower social maturity and have difficulty following directions.
That is why it is important for a child to undergo hearing tests. Through this, the physician can determine if the child has hearing loss and, if so, the type and degree of the loss. The sooner the hearing loss is detected, the sooner it can be remedied, sparing the child from its detrimental effects.
Asian Hospital and Medical Center’s Hearing and Dizziness Unit offers basic behavioral hearing tests such as pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and specialized electrophysicological tests such as the ABR and otoacoustic emissions, which are used for testing infants and children.
Asian Hospital’s Hearing and Dizziness Unit is equipped with state-of-the-art machines that are capable of assessing a child’s hearing. The tests are analyzed by experienced, Board Certified ears, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors. These audiological diagnoses can be used by the child’s attending physician as basis for recommendation of appropriate treatments to address hearing problems and other hearing loss-associated conditions.
For more information and appointment, please contact the Asian Hospital and Medical Center Hearing and Dizziness Unit at (632) 771-9000 local 5756 or (632) 876-5756. You may also visit www.asianhospital.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For daily updates, like their Facebook Page at Facebook/AsianHospitalOfficial or follow their Twitter account using @AsianHospital.