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Is your child’s hearing school-ready? Stationery? Check! Lunchbox and water bottle? Check! Hearing check? Check!?! In Australia, we are lucky to have access to free universal newborn hearing assessments. Early diagnosis of hearing loss is important to ensure natural developmental progress and a happy and healthy baby. But did you know how quickly hearing can change in a child? By the time they are ready to go to school they may be suffering from some form of hearing loss. In 2016 a report showed that almost a quarter of school-aged children in Queensland are likely to suffer from some form of hearing issue. In school-aged children with a hearing disorder you may notice: • Inattention • Difficulty concentrating • Poor performance at school • Difficulty following instructions • Sitting close to or turning up the TV • Frequent requests for repetition. Unlike vaccinations, there is no set schedule in Australia for hearing or vision checks but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that hearing screenings should be conducted regularly. The schedule recommended would be the following for Australia. • At school entry for all children • At least once at ages 6, 8, and 10 • On entry to high school • At least once during high school • For any student entering a new school system without evidence of a previous hearing screening Apart from hearing loss, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

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Hearing health is vitally important for a child’s ongoing development. Ensure their hearing is 100% before they start school.

is one of the more common hearing issues affecting school children. CAPD is essentially the brain having difficulty understanding or processing what is being heard by the child in certain environments. Testing for CAPD must wait until the child is 7 years old as it is not until then that the auditory processing system has developed to an advanced enough stage to allow us to test it. Things to look out for in school-aged children in grades 2-3 and onwards include: • Difficulties following instructions • Poor listening ability in noisy places

• Difficulty with learning at school • Being distracted or easily fatigued at school The positive take-away is that there are ways to treat or address problems associated with both disorders and the sooner treatment begins the better it is for the long-term development of your child. Clarity offers school readiness hearing and central auditory processing assessments and screens for kids starting Prep or continuing in grades 1-6. Contact us today on 1300 252 748 for more information or to arrange an appointment.

Grant Collins Principal Audiologist/Owner Grant is a passionate and tireless advocate for ethical and evidence-based hearing health assessment and treatment. Grant and his wife Sara started Clarity in 2008 and have now grown it to over 30 clinics throughout

Queensland. Clarity prides itself on ensuring you get the right, expert diagnosis and the best advice and recommendations to suit your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. Clarity Hearing + Balance Call 1300 clarity (1300 252 748) www.clarityhearingsolutions.com.au

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