Let’s Not Play It by Ear

Jana Emola-Austin, Doctor of Audiology  and Practice Owner

Jana Emola-Austin,
Doctor of Audiology
and Practice Owner

Communicating with children is hard enough. Translating cries to laughs can be a job on its own. Preventative measures can reduce hearing problems that arise in children. Hearing loss isn’t just an ailment that occurs with old age; it occurs at any stage, including childhood. Five out of every 1,000 children are impacted by hearing loss. Left undiagnosed, hearing loss can impact all aspects of life, from development in speech and language to education, career and social interaction.

Children learn to speak by repeating what they hear. A child will hear a word, imitate it and correct themselves as their listening skills improve. If a child can’t hear properly, they will find it difficult to reproduce words, which in turn, can affect their ability to communicate with family, children or teachers.

On the outside, your child sits quietly, eyes focused on the teacher, and appears to be listening. Internally, he is distracted by muffled sounds and wondering words in conversation – missing some if not all of the details.

The inability to understand, interpret or communicate hinders a child academically but also psychologically. From mild to moderate hearing loss, your child can be constantly confused, struggle to stay alert and feel isolated. Children begin to avoid social situations and withdraw from others. Long-term effects include: fatigue, stress, depression, isolation, reduced academic or job performance and dementia.

Fortunately, there is a solution. Allison Audiology’s goal is to provide families with the best possible hearing care. They use the most advanced technology available, and an audiologist will take the time to explain any and all findings.

Schedule a consultation to get your child the care they need. Call 713-827-1767 or visit www.allisonaudiology.com.