Even small amounts of damage to the ears can have huge effects on learning and well-being because the ear houses two main sensory systems; the auditory and the vestibular.
The ears and learning
The ears begin developing in the fifth week of pregnancy so there is a greater chance of exposure to negative influences.
Even small amounts of damage to the ears can have huge effects on learning and well-being because the ear houses two main sensory systems; the auditory and the vestibular. Some common causes of ear damage include:
Damage to the ears can often go unnoticed and untreated. Even with treatment negative effects can still occur because audio-processing and the vestibular system should follow a developmental sequence which build on earlier skills. For example, if a child has ear infections when they are learning to talk they might only hear muffled sounds and not understand what they hear. This would negatively affect spoken language as we can only say the sounds we hear. Poor speech is often a “red flag” for learning difficulties because the child is unable to hear different letter sounds and often cannot process accurately the sounds of speech.
The usual audiometry assessments test IF a child can hear. At Active Listening we test HOW a person hears. Testing if the ears hear through both air and bone conduction, if the left and right ear are working together and at what volume each frequency is heard can indicate possible sources of anxiety, or difficulties with communication, movement and learning.
This chart lists some effects of ear damage:
We hear with our ears but we listen with our brain. Hearing is a passive automatic process. Listening is an active process which can be trained through repeated exposure to different sound frequencies thereby retraining the brain to pay attention.