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Hearing Impairment

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ENT Laser – A Decade of Excellence

  • Since 2003, our transdisciplinary team of speech therapists, audiologists, and consultant otorhinolaryngologist have been devoted to provide one-stop rehabilitative services to children and adults with hearing impairment.
  • Since 2011, our speech therapists and audiologists have been invited by Hong Kong Association of the Deaf to provide aural rehabilitation service to individuals with hearing impairment.
  • Our speech therapists have been providing speech therapy to toddlers and school-aged children of the Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme in 2011 to 2013.
  • In 2011, our centre has been nominated by Hong Kong Association of the Deaf as Caring Company.

 Introduction

Congenital or early hearing impairment will affect or delay the speech and language development of children.

Mild hearing impairment
  • Mild hearing impairment can affect the perception of soft sounds; this has minimal affect on speech and language development.
Moderate hearing impairment
  • Moderate hearing impairment may affect perception of some speech sounds, affecting articulation, tone and prosody during speech production.
Severe to profound hearing impairment
  • Severe to profound hearing impairment affects perception of most speech sounds, causing great difficulties in speech and language production.
High frequency hearing loss
  • High frequency hearing loss may cause difficulties in perceiving and producing high frequency speech sounds (i.e. /f/ and /s/) leading others to think the speaker’s message is unclear. 

 Assessment

The Cantonese Basic Speech Perception Test (CBSPT) is a validated and standardized assessment tool for measuring basic speech perception ability of the Cantonese-speaking population. It can be used for children as young as age three with various degree of hearing loss. It can identify children with hearing impairment and assess the functional benefit of hearing devices and also the candidacy for cochlear implantation.
 

 Treatment

Aural rehabilitation can help impaired children and adults to optimize their communication abilities, through better use of the residential hearing abilities, particularly in tone perception and production. Speech and language developmental delay can also be treated by speech therapy.
 
 
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“ Through visual reinforcement schedule, the speech therapist enhanced my child's attnetion. It was really helpful to me.