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HEARING IMPAIRMENT IN CHILDREN
It depends on the following parameters:
» Age of the child :- If the child is of younger age when treated then he shall start speaking earlier. Ideally, if the child is detected to be hearing impaired before 2 years of age and treated accordingly, then the outcome is much better.
» Suitable hearing - aids :- If the child is fitted with the correct hearing aids as per his requirement, then his speech also starts improving as the child hears better.
» Other associated problems like hyperactivity, slow learning etc. If the child has other problems, then the speech may be delayed.
» A team work :- Ultimately, it requires a team work by teachers, family members and hearing professionals.
Will my child ever hear properly?
Most of the children who require hearing aids will have some amount of hearing loss for the entire life. However, with the help of the hearing aids, they are able to lead a completely normal life.
When can my child be integrated into a normal school?
The child can be integrated in a normal school when he has learnt the basics of language and speech, which will enable him to interact with his teachers and peers. This can vary from child to child.
How would I know that the hearing - aids worn by my child are working adequately?
In this respect, the teacher who teaches the child is the best judge. If the child's responses have changed during the teaching sessions, then a check on the hearing - aids is a must.
Ideally, a full audiological evaluation of both hearing and hearing - aids should be carried out at least annually.
What assistance will I get from the government for my hearing-impaired child?
The assistance given is as follows:
- The government gives rebate in Income Tax to individuals who have a hearing-impaired child as a dependent or to a hearing - impaired individual directly.
- Certain concessions in bus fare and rail fare.
- Certain concessions like studying only one language and taking up a vocational course instead of the second and third language at the board level. Even school principals have the authority to exempt the child from these languages.
Who will certify my child as 'Hearing - impaired'?
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will certify your child as hearing impaired. This is done by "Ali Yavar Jung Institute of the Hearing Handicapped".
The address is as follows.
Ali Yavar Jung Institute of the Hearing Handicapped
K. C. Marg.
Last updated on 18-11-2006
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