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Teacher asked if dd has had her hearing tested should I be worried?

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lexcat Wed 10-Sep-08 16:35:42

She's never had any problem with her hearing that I'm aware of, her new teacher found she was slow to repond to her name been called. Plus felt she wasn't listen in assembly but has good listen skills in the classroom.
I brushed it it off with she never had an problem with her hearing but is a bit of a daydreamer. DD told me she really like assembly and sometimes doesn't hear things but normal because someone is whispering to her or near her (she's is easily distracted).

dilbertina Wed 10-Sep-08 16:38:03

Well, no harm in getting tested to be sure. My dd had substantial hearing loss from about 2-4yo and it really wasn't obvious. Only clues were repeated requestsa to have the tv louder.

ChopsTheDuck Wed 10-Sep-08 16:38:36

you could ask them to get the school nurse to screen her to be on the safe side. Then they can arrange a referal if she does have problems. It could even be glue ear - there aren't always many other symptoms.

lexcat Wed 10-Sep-08 18:23:18

Dog was barking and I whispered dd name while she was eating and she was very quick to respond, so I thinking will keep an eye on things for now.
Can't be glue ear as she is yet to have her first cold of the this season and has had no coughs or runny nose.

dinny Wed 10-Sep-08 18:32:24

Lexcat, that doesn't mean she can't have glue ear though

dilbertina Wed 10-Sep-08 18:58:35

It may be just some frequencies etc that she has a problem with. Probably no problem, but why do you seem to be resistant to getting it ruled out?

Twiglett Wed 10-Sep-08 19:07:23

Don't get why you think whispering her name is sufficient .. we hear on different frequencies so there can be some that she may find more difficult or may not even register

It won't do any harm getting her ears tested .. if it all is normal then you tell teacher that she has normal hearing, if it isn't then you take advice and do as advised .. but you have the benefit of knowledge

lexcat Wed 10-Sep-08 20:35:40

It's not about beening resistant more the fact this is the first time I've been asked this,it's new teacher to the school and they have only known my dd for a week.
Really took me by surprise as she is Y3 and like I said she hearing has never been an issue.
Plus as I work don't have the time to rush to the doctor so was just try to get other peoples view.

Heated Wed 10-Sep-08 20:49:50

The teacher is probably wondering as to the cause of the distraction; it would be harsh indeed to tell your dd off for not paying attention if there was a physical reason behind it.

Heated Wed 10-Sep-08 20:55:03

And this is not intended to alarm you or suggest it applies to your dd as you said in your 1st post that her listening skills are good, but sometimes if a school think the child has an SN, then obvious physical causes - like hearing loss - are ruled out first before other avenues are explored.

Have also recently read Steven Biddolph's book about parenting and he said that it was quite common for little children to get mini-bouts of hearing loss - can't remember why though, can look it up if you want smile

pointydog Wed 10-Sep-08 21:04:55

You know your dd the best. I would keep an eye on it, as you say, but I'd ask teh teacher to let me know if hearing continues to concern her. Then, if it does, arrange a hearing test at your own convenience. There's no real urgency.

ChopsTheDuck Thu 11-Sep-08 06:56:33

Like I said, you can ask for her to be screened by the school nurse to save you taking time out of work to take her to the gp if it isn't necessary.

dd has had glue ear and never had an infection in her life, and has very few colds, etc.

lexcat Thu 11-Sep-08 12:33:22

thanks for the support looks like the school nurse is in school in about a months time. Will keep an eye on things till then. Plus I will talk to her teacher so if he feels thier is a problem I will ask her to be seen by the school nurse.
But what do they do about glue ear anyway?

ChopsTheDuck Thu 11-Sep-08 12:47:30

monitor it mainly to start with. Options for treatment if it doesnt clear up are balloon treatment (blowing balloon thing up with nose!), insertion of grommets, or hearing aids.

Dd's was monitored and eventualyl cleared up on it's own. It was worth knowing though, so that the school were aware so that they could ensure she was hearing things at school.

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