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Audiology and Speech Therapy

Age is one of the most crucial factors that can lead to hearing loss. As we grow older, we tend to lose our ability to hear. Presbycusis (Age-related hearing loss) can occur in ears, causing changes in the middle ear and subsequently making changes in the nerves from the ear to the brain. 

Few signs that you can witness are:

  • Trouble in understanding to what people are saying in a group, movies, or theatre or from another room
  • Easily frustrated, irritated and recluse
  • Asking frequently to repeat the conversations
  • Louder volume of television or radio than required
  • Continuous mumbling
  • Don’t want to be the first person to start a conversation
This depends on the severity of the hearing loss one has gone through. If the loss is mild then there will not be prominent affects in your voice or speaking. But as the case gets more serious, problems in speaking can be more prominent like tone of the voice, rhythm, breathlessness, frequency control of the voice be affected.
No. A hearing aid cannot restore your ability to hear properly but they can definitely enhance your hearing capability. 
A standard hearing aid battery should last between 3 – 22 days, depending on the type of hearing aid, battery type, amount of use of the hearing aid etc.

Tinnitus is a symptom of age related hearing loss where you feel something is ringing in your ears. You can feel buzzing, humming, grinding, hissing, or whistling sounds in your ear. The most common causes of Tinnitus are:

- Exposure to loud noise

- Earwax blockage

- Changes in ear bone

There is no particular follow ups required, but you can visit the doctor regularly to check if you are able to locate the source of your hearing problem or if you are facing any issues with your hearing aids.

Your expectations of each therapy can be different. There is no one sized-fits all therapy approach. Depending upon the degree of challenge, you need to understand how to help your child improve his speech. Therapy can be a long term process but the longevity of treatment will depend on:

  • Severity of the problem
  • What is the nature of the speech challenge
  • Whether you child is working through other behavioral or learning challenge
  • Whether the therapist is capable of tackling the challengesSupport from family, friends, close peers etc.

 However, if the assessment is done precisely and the goals are implemented accurately, positive changes are noticed in 3-4 sessions.

The more you practice with your child, the better it will be. However, you can practice several ideas with your child for speech practice like:

  • Keep a 5 to 10 minute reading session with your child to focus more on his language skills
  • Try to repeat words and phrases during bath time
  • Work on developing one cognitive or behavioral skill at a time
  • Do not start on with something that is hard or difficult for child to comprehend
  • Voice modulation games
    • Loud reading for 10 minutes
    • Show n tell session
    • Presentation and debates

These above activities can help you design a better speech therapy plan for your child.

A speech therapy session is designed differently for all patients to address their problems in a most convenient way. You can expect your speech therapist to practice following activities with you:

         Articulation Therapy

         Language Activities

         Oral exercises

  • Conversation skills
  • Presentation skills

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