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New Born Hearing Screening

The primary justification for early identification of hearing impairment in infants relates to the impact of hearing impairment on speech and language acquisition, academic achievement, and social and emotional development [1-3]. The first three years of life are most important for speech and language acquisition.

When will the hearing screening test be done?

  • Your baby will be offered the hearing screening test within the first few weeks of life.
  • The hearing screen is usually done before you leave the maternity unit.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes. When you suffer from tinnitus, you perceive certain sounds that are generated by the nervous system of the ear and brain. The cause of tinnitus is not fully known and at present no medical treatment exists that can cure it. The sounds are often characterised as hissing, ringing, buzzing, humming or the like.

A large variety of methods exist to deal with tinnitus, the most common being the use of hearing aids or various sound generators, various types of psychological approaches, therapies etc. Many companies offer hearing aids with a tinnitus program which can aid in the management of tinnitus. Advice for dealing with tinnitus

The following advice can help you deal with tinnitus and its effects:

  • Make use of sound. The amplified sound from your hearing aid for example, is often enough to make tinnitus less irritating.
  • Avoid silence. For example, turn on the radio on when you’re home alone or listen to some music.
  • Try to avoid the excessive use of alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and some types of painkillers.
  • Be aware of food containing a lot of salt; it can worsen the effects of tinnitus.
  • Try to be physically active or allow yourself some breaks during the day to reduce stress.

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