When it comes to classrooms, a new study suggests it might actually be beneficial to crank up the volume, for children with hearing loss at least. The study, from Jessica Sullivan, assistant professor of speech and hearing sciences at the University of Washington found that a noisy classroom environment could help train youngsters with hearing-impairment who struggle to comprehend speech over the sound of the environment. Normal brains do this on a daily basis, sorting out background sounds of the music playing to help us listen to the conversation. But for hearing impaired children, this task is not so easy. Children with hearing loss take in sound more slowly, and the brain isn’t experienced or equipped enough to drown out the background noise. This study helps support speech therapy techniques and treatment methods for children with hearing loss and is the first of its kind to demonstrate that auditory training with noise can work in children. Continue reading
So many parents count their children’s fingers and toes at birth, but not all problems are immediately evident. Hearing loss affects about four out of 1,000 newborns, and three million kids under the age of 18 have some form of hearing loss. There are several different types of hearing loss, and it also varies in severity. A child might be born with the condition, or he might acquire it later on.