Bad Grades Can Indicate Hearing Loss


Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?  The first quarter is just about over and you looked on-line to see how your child is doing in her classes.   You were horrified to find C’s, D’s and F’s in most of her subjects.    You wonder why the grades have dropped, as she was a “Straight A” student before.  You go to confront her about her homework.  In tears, you daughter says: “Mom, I don’t know why my grades are falling.  I do the work the way I was told to.  And, I do all of my homework!”

As usual, like the typical mom, you might think the worst:  “Is she not paying attention?  Is she doing this to hurt us?  Is she depressed?  Does she have A.D.D.?  Is she dyslexic?   Is she being bullied by other students?  Does she need glasses?   Is the teacher not qualified?”  The list goes on.

When a child doesn’t respond when we call, and the TV is turned up so loud to hear the program, it is very obvious that a hearing loss is present.  As parents we look for signs of deafness.  However, a mild hearing loss is not so obvious, and your child may not tell you about the hearing problem as he or she may not even be aware of it.

Often, hearing loss goes unnoticed.  Your daughter hears you fine at home while you are talking at the dinner table.  She also hears you fine during those Mother/Daughter talks.   But she may not be able to understand the teacher in the front of the classroom, if she is too far away. Perhaps is it is time to explore the possibility of a hearing loss.

Following are some signs to look for:

  • Difficulties in School
  • Unclear or unusual speech
  • Difficulty following simple directions
  • Turning the volume up loud on the TV and other media devices
  • Lack of response when name is called
  • Asks to repeat
  • Responds illogically to questions
  • Watches others for cues to appropriate behavior
  • Complaints of ear ache or pressure

If your child is experiencing any, or all these problems, take them to the doctor to be checked for ear wax, infection, or fluid in the middle ear.   Once cleared of any of these medical issues, the hearing should be back to normal.  However if the hearing problem still persists, have the hearing evaluated by your local Audiologist and Ear, Nose, Throat Specialist, to determine if there are any other underlying health concerns.

If hearing aids are the solution, you may purchase hearing aids for your child from any local Hearing Care Provider of your choice, with a physician’s referral and authorization.   As a parent you would not neglect your child’s nutritional needs, now you need to make sure that their mental, social, and emotional needs are not compromised by poor hearing as well.  At Welsch Hearing Aid Company, we will work in full cooperation with your child’s physician and audiologist.

You may find us at our new convenient location on the corner of Kohler Memorial Drive (Hwy. 23 East) and North 23rd Street at 2223 S. Memorial Place in Sheboygan.

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