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Sensori-neural deafness is medically irreversible. It is caused by a malfunction of the inner ear.

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Sensori-neural deafness is medically irreversible. It is caused by a malfunction of the inner ear. So when sounds reach the inner ear, they go no further. In normal cases the sound will be transmitted to the brain. The cause of hearing impairment has various forms. Such as, a fault in the genetic blueprint, if one chromosome from either parent is damaged. This is the main cause of a child having it before birth. Deafness can be caused at any stage of life. Birth injury where the brain or the nerve leading to the brain may get damaged causing an impairment. Also if the health of the mother is affected during the pregnancy. It may lead on to problems such as hearing impairment to the child. Also premature births, a risk of Jaundice, when the liver has not yet developed or is damaged. ...read more.

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The last aid is the body-worn hearing aid. It is very big and noticeable. A strap on a child's waist and then a wire to the ear attaches it. It gives the better hearing compared to the smaller aids. I feel the post-aural hearing aid would be best for Lisa. As if you look at her age and she will already feel different, with her impairment. The smaller aid that she could cope with would be the post-aural. Lisa being a girl may feel more comfortable if the aid is not seen. She could grow her hair over her ears so the aid was hidden. Lisa may talk more loudly than necessary, she may not respond to average sound levels but responses to louder sounds. She will experience language problem, as understandable speech pattern both to and from Lisa. ...read more.

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Lisa will be able to have greater use of language. Signing takes years to learn, so Lisa's vocabulary will be limited. So gesture play and facial expression will be a vital part in communication. It would be a good idea for her family to learn to sign. Lisa would need to get a proper hearing aid, which may cost the family money. The family may get funds for this from Local Education Authorities (LEA). Lisa will work with a specialist called an Audiologist to measure the hearing problem. When Lisa is doing activities, she will have a key worker at nursery, this will enable her to reach her full potential. They will co-ordinate all aspects of her development. There are different groups and clubs Lisa could join. These could be especially for hearing impairments or for children who need special education. Such as blindness, visually impairment ect. So they get some extra help. These groups will be able to look at the holistic approach to Lisa's development. ...read more.

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