health & dyslexia: auditory (Hearing) Difficulties – an introduction
In Britain over eight million people suffer from a hearing loss, over 25,000 of these are children. Deafness is often associated with older people. But many are born deaf or profoundly deaf – others become so after an illness. One million children (0-8 years) will experience temporary deafness caused by glue ear
With so much research carried out over the last few decades, it is now universally accepted that some dyslexics have problems with auditory skills.
Some people who go for a standard hearing test can be given the ‘all clear’ and yet they can still be suffering from some form of hearing problem. This seems to be because some people appear to be hypersensitive to certain sounds/frequencies, asymmetrical. If someone perceives sounds differently in their right or left ear, this can lead to problems with sound discrimination – a major problem for dyslexics.
Another consideration when looking at auditory problems is the crucial part that the brain plays. Most of the therapies below are designed to normalize the auditory system, thereby changing how the brain processes and organizes the input received from the ears.
There are a significant number of related therapies listed in this section to help you. Most of them look at the possibility of ‘normalising’ hearing to aid learning. If you choose to have any of these treatments, a full assessment of the person’s auditory system should be conducted to ascertain if the person is suitable for the type of therapy on offer.
Auditory Training may seem quite complicated, but it simply means – fully testing the ears and training them to listen and to respond to appropriate treatment. This treatment may take a few months or several years. If successful it can be a tremendous help to the client.