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  • Are Ear Infections Making Kids Fat?


     Changes in Taste Function Related to Obesity and Chronic Ear Infections CHICAGO, March 21, 2011 – Children with chronic inflammation of the middle ear (ear infections) can experience changes in their sense of taste, a ...

  • Why don’t some parents return for a follow-up examination?


    A working group of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders identified several important factors regarding why some parents do not bring their child back for a follow-up examination. They concluded that the num ...

  • When a Newborn Doesn't Pass the Hearing Screening?


    Each year, approximately 12,000 babies are born with hearing loss in the United States. If hearing loss is discovered during the “critical period” for children to develop their speech and language skills—from birth to th ...

  • Why is it important to have my baby’s hearing screened early?


    The most important time for a child to learn language is in the first 3 years of life. In fact, children begin learning speech and language in the first 6 months of life. Research suggests that children with hearing loss who get help earl ...

  • How much noise is too much?


    Sounds at or above 85 decibels (dB) can damage your ears. A decibel is a unit that measures the intensity of sound. Sounds that humans can hear are measured on a scale from zero to 140. A normal conversation is about 60 dB. Chainsaws, ham ...

  • When will my baby’s hearing be screened?


    Most children hear and listen to sounds from birth. They learn to talk by imitating the sounds around them and the voices of their parents and caregivers. But that’s not true for all children. In fact, about two or three out of ever ...

  • How can I help my child communicate?


    There are a variety of ways to help children with hearing loss express themselves and interact with others. The main options are listed below. The option you choose will depend on what you think is best for your child. Find out as much as ...

  • What is selective mutism?


    Selective mutism(formally known as elective mutism) is a disorder that usually occurs during childhood. It is when the child does not choose to speak in at least one social setting. However, the child can speak in other situations. Select ...

  • What types of speech and language disorders affect school-age children?


    Children may experience one or more of the following disorders: Speech sound disorders - (difficulty pronouncing sounds) Language disorders - (difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with wor ...

  • What are some signs or symptoms of apraxia of speech?


    Apraxia is a general term. It can cause problems in parts of the body, such as arms and legs. Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder. It is caused by damage to the parts of the brain related to speaking. Other terms include apraxia ...

  • What’s the tips for communication?


    Communicating Better With Older People Communicating with older people often requires extra time and patience because of physical, psychological, and social changes of normal aging. Even more effort is needed in nursing homes wher ...

  • How to define the Otosclerosis?


    Definition Otosclerosis is an excessive growth in the bones of the middle ear which interferes with the transmission of sound. Description The middle ear consists of the eardrum and a chamber which contains three bones called the ...

  • How can we know our hearing threshold?


    Audiometry is the testing of a person's ability to hear various sound frequencies. The test is performed with the use of electronic equipment called an audiometer. This testing is usually administered by a trained technician called an ...

  • What does the human ear consist of?


    The Outer Ear The outer ear consists of the pinna, or auricle, and the ear canal (external auditory meatus). The pinna – the part of the "ear" that we see on each side of our heads – is made of cartilage ...

  • What is Hearing Loss?


    What is Hearing Loss? When describing hearing loss, we generally look at three categories: type of hearing loss, degree of hearing loss, and configuration of hearing loss. With children, it is especially important to diagnose and trea ...

  • What causes tinnitus?


    Tinnitus Tinnitus ("TIN-a-tus" or "Tin-EYE-tus") refers to "ringing in the ears" when no other sound is present. Tinnitus can sound like hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling, or click ...

  • Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)


    Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects) By Barbara Cone, Patricia Dorn, Dawn Konrad-Martin, Jennifer Lister, Candice Ortiz, and Kim Schairer What Is Ototoxicity? Certain medications can damage the ear, resulting in hearing l ...

  • How can loud noise damage hearing?


    Loud noise can be very damaging to hearing. Both the level of noise and the length of time you listen to the noise can put you at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Noise levels are measured in decibels, or dB for short. The higher the ...

  • Effects of Hearing Loss on Development


    It is well recognized that hearing is critical to speech and language development, communication, and learning. Children with listening difficulties due to hearing loss or auditory processing problems continue to be an underidentified and ...

  • What is an ear infection,and how common is it?


    Ear Infections (Otitis Media) What is an ear infection, and how common is it? Ear infections happen when the middle ear becomes inflamed. The middle ear is the small space behind the eardrum. Ear infections are also called acute ...

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