The impact of hearing loss in children is still commonly misunderstood. We recently asked our Facebook followers 5 questions to find out what they knew about this issue. Here are our answers: Do Australian Primary school children have their hearing checked when they start school? In most states and territories, Australian primary school children do not have their hearing checked before starting school. In NSW, preschool children are offered a sight test, but not a hearing test.
Could inattention in your child actually be hearing loss? Children with unaddressed hearing issues are often labelled as disruptive or inattentive. Before any diagnosis of ADHD it is important that other factors or undiagnosed conditions that might be responsible for inattention are eliminated. For example a child might have ongoing middle-ear infections causing hearing problems. A simple hearing check can rule this out and make sure your child receives the right intervention to help them thrive in and out of the classroom.
March 3 is WORLD HEARING DAY. A day to shine a light on the cost of unaddressed hearing loss to both the individual and the economy. The World Health Organisation estimates the global cost of unaddressed hearing loss is a staggering $750billion. Impacting educational outcomes, social integration, productivity and happiness hearing loss takes a mighty toll. We encourage all parents to check their children’s hearing around the time they start school.