Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Are you really deaf ?

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No, it isn't about the eternal angst and hand-wringing that accompanies the various hearing loss areas to want to find out who they are (You think their parents would have told them but...).  

We were reading media where a person complained they could not hear well at all, had gone to their Doctor and hospital for checks and neither identified any hearing loss that was an issue. 

Complaints the medicos were not understanding the hearing loss concern, ignored some very obvious reasons why a person who cannot follow speech properly did not have an actual hearing loss responsible.  It is down to identifying loss by discernible -db figures, and perhaps we need to look a lot further than just using that as a main diagnostic criteria.

If it comes to that, there are people who could never learn sign language no matter born deaf or losing hearing, they have VPD a difficulty of making sense of what they see....  It is why some deaf cannot sign well, and some not at all... So, next time someone says they have issues with sign, perhaps NOT assume they are attacking those that rely on it...  They may not be able to learn.

[What is a visual processing disorder?]

A visual processing, or perceptual, disorder refers to a hindered ability to make sense of information taken in through the eyes. This is different from problems involving sight or sharpness of vision. Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain.

You would think the lessons of the past of hearing tests would have been addressed. I am staggered it is a repeat of my own test 50 years ago, where my hearing was passed A1 (That is 100%), and that was via the 'whisper' test, yet 5 weeks later diagnosed 15% in one ear and 35% in the other. The first test done via school doctors, the second by an ENT Dept. There are issues of having full hearing and still not able to fathom out speech. Here is an article I came across before, and of course APD.

Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a hearing or listening problem caused by the brain not processing sounds in the normal way. 

It can affect your ability to:

pinpoint where a sound is coming from
tell which sound comes before another
distinguish similar sounds from one another – such as "seventy" and "seventeen"
understand speech – particularly if there's background noise, more than one person speaking, the person is speaking quickly, or the sound quality is poor
remember instructions you've been told
enjoy music

Next time you have a hearing check ask about the possibility it may not just be hearing loss...

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