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Author Topic: Worried that my 8 year old niece may have a hearing problem  (Read 990 times)

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Offline PeteNYNJ

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Worried that my 8 year old niece may have a hearing problem
« on: January 25, 2010, 08:13:07 PM »
Hello All

Since being out of work, I have been taking care of my niece most days after school.  She is very spirited with a great personality.  She had behaviour problems when she first started school (2nd grade now), mostly the normal hard to sit still and waiting her turn kinda things.  She got better with it, but occasionally gets a note home from school about using her "inside voice".

I have noticed myself for the last year as I have spent more time with her that she is INCREDIBLY loud when she speaks.  Whatever mood she is in - happy, sad, excited, normal.  I have also started to notice the volume of her TV and computer is always VERY loud.  She also doesn't always answer when called even if not preoccupied.

I have of course mentioned this to my sister, but she tells me I am just not used to kids (this is the answer she gives whenever I voice any concern about my niece who I watch 5-6 days a week but that is another story).

I went to pick her up at school today and make a habit of saying hello to her teacher.  I asked her if she noticed anything out of the ordinary and she said "now that you mention it, she seems to be getting progressively louder - not misbehaving, but loud in her speech".  I mentioned this to my sister today but she told me not to worry about it.

I don't know if it is denial or maybe I am just making a big deal out of it.  I know she hasn't been tested for hearing since she was a toddler but I think another test is appropriate.  Who knows, maybe she has earwax issues?

How do I approach it again without stepping on my sister's toes?  I would hate for my niece to become "that kid".



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Re: Worried that my 8 year old niece may have a hearing problem
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010, 08:27:19 PM »
They have definitive tests for hearing impairment.  If it is only a slight hearing impairment (not affecting her speech outside of volume) then it's really no big deal.  Your sister should at least see about getting her tested.

With that said...some kids are just loud.  If I were in your shoes I would look her in the eye and say "I really think she might have a problem, could you just do this to make me feel better?".

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Worried that my 8 year old niece may have a hearing problem
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010, 08:52:29 PM »

  When I was a kid they use to give us hearing test at school.  Do you know if they still do this?  If she does have hearing problems catching something like this early can make a world of difference for her.  My step-son from previous marriage had hearing problems.  It affected the way he talked and he had a lot of difficulty in school.  Once we found out what the culprit was  he had his earways cleared, and this kid was like a different person.  If it was not for this simple procedure I doubt very seriously Ezra would be going to school today in London studying music.

  Perhaps a concerned call to the school asking if they still offer testing for this.   I am not so sure they do, but it is worth a try.  I don't know how else you can get around your sister's watchful eye without stepping on her toes.
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