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In developed countries like US it is mandatory to check hearing of each and every newborn within 48 hours of birth. But currently there are no mandatory rules or regulations for Newborn Hearing Screening in India and hence the identification of hearing loss is mostly at later ages.
- OAE screening is proved to be reliable method of screening. If hearing screening is made mandatory for the newborns at the time of birth or within the first month of life many more cases of hearing & speech impairment could be avoided.
- Hearing impairment must be corrected before the child reaches six months of age. Late intervention of the hearing loss will yield very poor results as the plasticity of the brain reduces drastically as the child grows older. Undetected hearing loss is big obstacle to educational achievement and socialization.
- Mother’s instinct should never be ignored and probable hearing loss in the child should be subjected to audio logical assessment. It should not be ignored with “It shall improve in the next few years” or ‘child did not hear because he was busy playing or watching television’.
A comprehensive assessment evaluating a variety of areas affecting the child’s speech, such as articulation, language etc. The assessment is approximately an hour in length followed by a summary of the findings shared with the parents/guardians. The therapist can generate a comprehensive written report of the findings at a additional cost.
One to one treatment sessions to address the child’s needs and goals. Group sessions may also be available depending on the common goals of the clientele. Two treatment session options are available. Sessions can be 30 minutes of direct treatment with the child followed by 15 minutes of consultation with parents/guardians. Or sessions can 45 minutes of direct treatment with the child followed by 15 minutes of consultation with parents/guardians.
Following a comprehensive assessment, strategies are provided to the family to address the child’s needs. It is left up to the family to follow through with the strategies provided.