Posted on November 13, 2008 by DebCNY
I want to share another thing I learned that blew me away in our “year of discovery” (when AC was in 3rd grade). Apparently, a lot of kids that are HOH get misdiagnosed as having ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder. AC was almost one of them. That was how we figured out he needed the FM and all – because his teacher started saying all these little negative “behavioral” things were happening. Things like many of the ones noted on this list from phonic ear. Check out the chart:
- Similarities Between Mild Hearing Loss & Attention Deficit Disorder
Maybe, this information is old news now… but, when I first heard this I had a HUGE “light-bulb moment”. I wish I had known this information BEFORE that point. So, maybe this will help someone else out there who’s just starting off with a child diagnosed with mild hearing loss.
At the time I discovered this (thru my OWN research) we were in the process of weeks of jumping through hoops.
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Posted on July 16, 2008 by DebCNY
I was surfing, and found a post about a recent study and article, called: “Effect of Minimal Hearing Loss on Children’s Ability to Multitask in Quiet and in Noise“. The full text in a PDF format, and more info can be found here: http://lshss.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/39/3/342.
The abstract reads:
Effect of Minimal Hearing Loss on Children’s Ability to Multitask in Quiet and in Noise
– Brittany McFadden, Andrea Pittman, Arizona State University, Tempe
Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of minimal hearing loss (HL) on children’s ability to perform simultaneous tasks in quiet and in noise.
Method: Ten children with minimal HL and 11 children with normal hearing (NH) participated. Both groups ranged in age from 8 to 12 years. The children categorized common words (primary task) while completing dot-to-dot games (secondary task) in quiet as well as in noise presented at 0 dB and +6 dB signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs). It was hypothesized that the children’s progression through the dot-to-dot games would slow as they encountered more difficult listening environments. This hypothesis was based on the theory that listeners have limited cognitive resources to allocate to any combination of tasks.
Results: The dot rate of both groups decreased similarly in the multitasking conditions relative to baseline. However, no other differences between groups or listening conditions were revealed. Significantly poorer word categorization was observed for the children with minimal HL in noise.
Conclusion: These data suggest that children with minimal HL may be unable to respond to a difficult listening task by drawing resources from other tasks to compensate.
I found this article very interesting… a little discouraging… but, mostly I am glad that this is being researched and that the needs of children with mild hearing loss is being acknowledged. > Continue reading
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