Hard of hearing people are those who without assistive devices have limited but functional residual hearing. A person who is not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing – hearing thresholds of 25 dB or better in both ears – is said to have hearing loss. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe or profound. It can affect one ear or both ears, and leads to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud sounds.
‘Hard of hearing’ refers to people with hearing loss ranging from mild to severe. They usually communicate through spoken language and can benefit from hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices as well as captioning. People with more significant hearing losses may benefit from cochlear implants.
If you or your child hears poorly, this has a major impact on daily life. The biggest challenge facing persons with hearing impairments is communication. People who are hearing impaired, make more effort to follow conversations and get information. They put their other senses extra and are often good at lip reading and reading body language. They may communicate be quite tiring for them. It helps if others consider impairment. Ensuring good communication is the responsibility of both partners. Ask what the other needs during a conversation. Then you can take the best account of his or her impairment.
At Kentalis our audiology centres are providing diagnostics and advice on choice of assistive devices. Our experts provide specific assistance to learners in mainstream education by supporting both the learners and their teachers. Because the group of hearing is so diverse, we provide support in various ways. Like audience measurement or advice on hearing aids and support on the latest knowledge on around labour. We assist hearing-impaired children in special and mainstream education.