World Hearing Day – 3 March 2022

Have you ever wondered what the role of an OT is with persons with hearing impairment?
Hearing impairment can be described in terms of the degree of the hearing loss, i.e. mild to profound hearing loss.
Hearing impairment can cause sensory integration dysfunction and this can lead to complications related to attention control and motor skills development.
Hearing impairment can be caused by:
– Infections during pregnancy
– Infections in the middle ear
– Childhood infections
– Genetic factors
– Head trauma after birth amongst many others
1. The OT helps develop sensory processing thus OT assesses and implements a treatment plan to assist in improving the patients sensory processing.
2. OT educates the caregiver & patient about his/her diagnosis to better assist the client engage in his/her roles.
3. Assist with anxiety & stress relief, stress management techniques & assertiveness training.
4. Assist with the use of assistive devices. The OT recommends adaptive devices which will help improve the quality of life of the patient.
5. During sessions the OT models tasks visually & uses hands in adjustment techniques to aid body awareness for the patient.
6. OTs assist adults with compensatory methods such as having visual cues during meal preparation or installing fire alarms with a visual cue.
7. OTs can assist with home modifications such as helping to improve the acoustic environment of a patients home and help with the improvement of sound absorbing materials i.e. have more pillows, heavy curtains, carpets & sound panels.
It is important for us to take care of ourselves, and taking care of our hearing is just as important!
You can have your hearing screened using the South African Association of Audiologists’ FREE screening tool!