Deaf awareness Tag

This is a story about a mum's journey with her child's hearing loss and cochlear implants. Although PinnaClear don't treat very young children, our aim is to raise awareness of the complex nature of hearing loss and how it affects individuals. To learn more about types of hearing loss click here. Lateef’s Journey. Cochlear Implants and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder. My son Lateef was born 12 weeks early weighing just 2 lb 8 ozs. He spent the first two months of his life in the neonatal unit. Lateef passed the initial screening test before we went home. It wasn’t long after being home that I realised that Lateef wasn’t responding to sound. He only reacted to toys with lights and never responded to the door slamming or sounds like that. I was so worried that one night I hammered a saucepan with a

How does hearing loss affect us as we get older? Just as your sight naturally deteriorates, so does your hearing and age related hearing loss kicks in at around fifty years old, affecting the high frequencies of hearing first. It is quite easy to think that your hearing is OK for a lot longer than it is and here's why:- Your hearing deteriorates relatively slowly over time. You make small changes, for example, you start turning the television up. Maybe you are leaning in to hear what's being said. You may also start reading facial expressions more. It is quite common for family and friends to notice you have a hearing loss first. Remember, if you are turning the TV up and they have normal hearing, they will start to see the signs. They may also have to start raising their voice

Hearing Loss and Deaf Awareness People often believe that a person with hearing aids should be able to hear just the same as someone with normal hearing and can get frustrated when they can't hear, Hearing aid performance can depend on a number of different factors, the main one being the degree of hearing loss. Here are some ways you can communicate a little better with those around you that have  hearing difficulties. Six Great Communication Tactics Speak clearly. It might take someone with a hearing loss a little while longer to process what you are saying, this doesn't mean they don't understand or you need to talk very slowly, but enunciating clearly can make it better for the listener to follow the conversation. Don't cover your mouth. People with hearing loss will focus on the movement of your lips to help fill in the gaps