Children with permanent hearing loss
Children with permanent hearing loss have the challenge of accessing the sounds of speech so that spoken language can develop. With the technological advances available today, children with hearing loss can be fitted with hearing technology that enables excellent access to spoken language. By partnering with a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist from diagnosis, a young infant can track normal developmental pathways. Hear at Home works with families to specifically develop the listening brain by using various techniques and strategies that can be integrated into your daily life. By developing the listening brain, a young child with hearing loss is set up to develop spoken lagnuage like a typical hearing child.
Children with fluctuating hearing loss due to middle ear infections (glue ear)
Children who experience ongoing ear infections (glue ear) have the unique challenge of experiencing an inconsistent auditory input. Sounds and words are perceived differently due to the fluid present in the middle ear and this makes the acquisition of language very difficult. To overcome this, Hear at Home works with families to enhance the acousitc environment of the home and establish techniques and strategies that maximise language learning in the home.
Children with normal hearing who have speech and language delays as a result of middle ear infections
A child learns to talk as a result of thousands of hours of concentrated listening. If your child has experienced middle ear infections (glue ear) she/he may have developed a speech or language delay. This could result in difficulties learning to read and write upon reaching school. Hear at Home specialises in stimulating the listening part of the brain to ensure it has the necessary "auditory templates" that support comprehension of language and the identification of speech sounds.