A person is classified as Hearing Disabled when the individual is deaf, and/or profoundly hard of hearing
How to prevent Hearing Impaired Disabilities
- Some hearing impaired disabilities develop during pregnancy. As a pregnant mother, you need to look after yourself and live as healthily as possible.
- The elderly are more vulnerable to hearing impaired disabilities. Visit your nearest clinic regularly for screening
- As a parent, take your child to the local clinic on a regular basis for check-ups. This could help identify any risks for hearing impaired disability.
- As parent, make sure your child gets all of his/her immunisations. Some diseases can lead to hearing impaired disabilities
- If your child has severe fall and hits his/her head, you should take them to the clinic immediately as sometimes falls can lead to hearing impaired disabilities.
How to detect hearing impaired disability?
- If you struggle to hear people, you might have a hearing impaired disability
- If you constantly hear a ringing in your ears, you might have hearing impaired disability
- If you keep increasing the volume on your TV or radio, you might have a hearing impaired disability
- If you experience pain, itching, irritation or discharge from your ears, you might have a hearing impaired disability
How to manage Hearing Impaired Disabilities?
- Hearing aids can be used to improve a person’s hearing
- You can learn sign language or lip reading as a way of communicating if your hearing impaired disability id quite severe
- If your child has a hearing impaired disability, speak to school about arranging a ‘classroom buddy’ who can help your child during the day.
- Some schools are specialised for children with hearing impaired disabilities. Find out if there are any of those schools close to you that a child can attend.
- The department of education has a section for learners with special needs, including hearing impaired disabilities. If a child is suspected of having a hearing impaired disability, they should be referred here for support.
- Health Promotion Practitioners may know of reports of abuse of deaf children in schools. These children are particularly victimised because without an interpreter or hearing impaired counsellor available, they are unable to communicate their plight (i.e defend themselves).