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Top tips for testing your child’s hearing at home

Children use their hearing to learn about the world around them and develop communication skills. The impact of hearing loss on a developing child can be significant, so the sooner issues are detected, and treatment or management is provided, the better the outcomes will be for a child with hearing loss. The Sound Scouts hearing check comes in the form of a fun, interactive mobile game, so children don’t even know they’re being tested.

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What is listening fatigue?

Listening fatigue is a form of mental exhaustion that occurs in people who have hearing loss. Even when those with hearing loss wear the right hearing technology, they may still experience some form of listening fatigue, but it’s likely to impact them less. Hearing technology decreases listening fatigue as it helps improve listening and speech comprehension. “Towards the end of a school day, children with hearing loss may be ‘physically and mentally spent’ as a result of focusing so intently on a teacher’s speech, as well as conversations with other students.

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The Sound Scouts app checks for three different hearing issues. What are they?

It’s important to keep a regular check on your family’s hearing health as damage and loss can occur at any time as a result of many different factors. We explore what the three types of hearing difficulties Sound Scouts tests for are, and how we test them. Conductive Hearing Loss Conductive hearing loss is a condition that affects the outer ear, the eardrum, and the middle ear. A conductive loss occurs when there is a blockage or deformity preventing the ossicles (the three tiny bones in the ear) from vibrating properly which interferes with the sound traveling to the inner ear.

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Viruses and Hearing Loss

They’re not always considered to be the culprit, but viruses are a common cause of both temporary and permanent hearing loss. For some viruses, like Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Rubella (CRS), hearing loss is the most prevalent consequence, with CMV causing 40% of congenitally acquired sensorineural hearing loss and almost all patients with Congenital Rubella Syndrome suffering some degree of hearing loss. Both congenital (occurring in the womb) and acquired hearing loss (occurring from transmitted diseases outside of the womb) may occur as a result of a viral infection such as measles, the mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and HIV.

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Sound Scouts is now FREE for Australian school children thanks to Hearing Australia and funding from the Australian Government. Support available on 1300 424 122