Today’s Kids with Hearing Loss can Hear
With today’s technology there is no reason why virtually every child with hearing loss should not be able to hear. It is the responsibility of the audiologist to be sure that the child is hearing. It is not okay to assume that a child with hearing loss is hearing well enough just because he has technology on. We really need to check. That means we need to get aided threshold for each ear separately and make sure that the child is hearing at the top of the string bean in each ear. And we need to test speech perception at normal and soft conversational levels in each ear separately, and in competing noise.If we do not test each ear separately we are not going to be able to know if both ears are working well. I cannot tell you how many times I saw a child who was doing poorly in one ear but no one knew it because separate ears had not been tested.