Many parents of children with hearing loss say they first realized there was a problem when their child started having issues in school. This situation is common because school requires children to integrate all of their senses and adapt them to a variety of activities. It is during this time that parents and teachers may notice a child is having difficulty hearing. According to the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center, adults should be alert for any of the following signs:
- The child needs instructions repeated often;
- The child has a short attention span;
- The child has trouble recalling a sequence of instructions;
- The child frequently misinterprets a command or set of instructions;
- The child’s vocabulary is behind grade level;
- The child does not always look up when his name is called;
- The child has trouble learning the sounds of letters and phonics;
- The child confuses words that sound alike;
- The child is withdrawn in the classroom and is hesitant to participate;
- The child ignores assignments that are given verbally.
These are only some of the warning signals that indicate a potential issue with hearing loss. If your child’s teacher reports seeing any of these things in the classroom, schedule a comprehensive examination with a pediatric audiologist on your True Care Advantage hearing care plan. He or she will evaluate your child and help find a potential cause of any existing hearing loss. An audiologist can also offer alternative learning methods help the child learn effectively and efficiently in school. With the help of school staff, parents can get an individualized education plan (IEP) for their child to make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.