OCTOBER IS ADHD AWARENESS MONTH
ADHD affects 2-7% of children globally, while prevalence in india is higher than global estimate at 11.32% with males affected more (66.7%) than females. To count, annually 10 million Indian children are diagnosed with ADHD.
As denoted in short form as well ADHD is a disorder, not a disease. ADHD is collection of symptoms, which can mimic other disorder such as hearing loss. ADHD comes under psychiatric condition and includes following symptoms-
Its important to understand that not all children with ADHD are same
Some children may have all of these problems. Other children only have some of them. But majority children with ADHD have these symptoms as per DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition)-
In India hearing is one sense that is often overlooked medically. In fact, hearing is something very essential to social, emotional, and cognitive development. Her are symptoms of Hearing loss in school-age children-
Young adults/teens, one of the last things they’re thinking of is protecting their hearing and they are also at a high risk for noise induced hearing loss because of choices like standing too close to speakers at concerts, listening to music at very loud levels, not wearing hearing protection at loud sporting events. You may Look for these signs for hearing loss:
So, how can parents say if their child has hearing loss or ADHD? It has been observed children who are diagnosed with ADHD who never get a good hearing test and later are diagnosed with mild hearing loss or in opposite situation in which a child has ADHD but their symptoms are attributed to the hearing loss. Many times even professionals be fooled in both directions.These symptoms of hearing loss are commonly confused with hearing loss-
By early detection we can avoid the delays in speech and language development, which help in learning, and improving school performance. We can improve their social skills and confidence which are essential in setting up a child for future survival.
Key factor to success is early and professional diagnosis and sequential management by a team of experienced healthcare professionals. Consult an ENT doctor for complete audiological evaluation in case you suspect hearing loss. Diagnosis of ADHD is based on behavior checklist, if you suspect your child might have ADHD consult a pediatrician or a psychologist. In cases where hearing loss has been diagnosed, note the effectiveness of management programs and if there is no improvement in child's behavior and academic performance it is advised to then begin testing for ADHD. By team approach we can sort the underlying reason for child’s behavior and can recommend the most effective course of action.