It is 2017. Technology has updated to its best levels, economies are booming and health is the one taking the toll of everything. Welcome to the new age lifestyle. Where health takes a back seat and its not the best choice. Living a healthy life begins with preventive healthcare. Maintaining your body and a good lifestyle are the first steps towards a long healthy life. Another important cog to complete the chart is finding your medical problems early to help your doctor help you. This is what we call the ‘Golden Hour’. It means detecting any medical issues at the right time. The right time is when it can be mitigated and cured with the best and least medical intervention. Traditionally, the concept of Golden Hour has been long associated with the first sixty minutes post a heart attack, to recoup the situation to increase the probability of surviving the attack. We at GenWorks Health believe that the best time to solve a health issue is before it happens, through understanding the symptoms and signs and detection of the disease(s). The newborn hearing screening test helps to identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible. This means parents can get the support and advice they need right from the start. This is what we call the ‘Golden Hour’. It means detecting any medical issues at the right time. The right time is when it can be mitigated and cured with the best and least medical intervention. One to two babies in every 1,000 are born with permanent hearing loss in one or both ears. This increases to about 1 in every 100 babies who have spent more than 48 hours in intensive care. Most of these babies are born into families with no history of permanent hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss can significantly affect a baby’s development. Finding out early can give these babies a better chance of developing language, speech, and communication skills. It will also help babies make the most of relationships with their family or carers from an early age.
Have you ever wondered just how your ears help you hear the world around you? When you stop to consider them, your ears really are an amazing part of the human body. So how much do you know about your ears really? The following list will detail some surprising facts about your ears, some you’ve probably never even considered. 1. EARS ARE ALWAYS WORKING Your ears never stop hearing even while you’re asleep. You can never “turn off” your ears. However, even though you are hearing while you are asleep, the brain does not process sounds in the same way as it does when you are awake. Thus, your ears will always hear and process sound regardless of your state, whether you’re conscious or unconscious, your ears never get a day off! 2. EARS HELP WITH BALANCE Your ears are essential for you to maintain your balance. If you’ve ever had an ear infection, you might know precisely what we mean. Vertigo is a common side effect of an inner ear infection. Your ears help with your balance due to the fluid within them. When this fluid moves, it tells your brain just what you’re up to and how to compensate in terms of your balance. 3. EARS SELF-CLEAN The earwax inside your ears is actually made up of a combination of oil, sweat and dead skin cells. Earwax forms a barrier inside your ear canal and it helps to keep your ears clean. The earwax is sticky by design so it will trap debris and particles and protect your ears. Think of your earwax as a filter between your ears and the outside world. 4. EARS HAVE THE SMALLEST BONES IN THE BODY Your ears have the smallest bones found in the human body. Actually, there are three bones in your ear and all of them fall into this class. Technically these bones are referred to as “ossicles”. They are designed to aid with sound transmittal. These bones capture the sound from the air then relay them back to the brain. The whole process of transmitting sound is an amazing system. 5. EARLOBES ARE CONSTANTLY GROWING There are only two types of earlobes, attached or detached. This is all the result of genetics. Your earlobes will never stop growing, regardless what genetics provided you with. Another interesting fact about earlobes is that scientists aren’t really sure why we have them (but some think it may be to help with blood flow). The earlobes have an amazing array of blood vessels within them that seem to support this theory. Golden Hour | 5 Amazing Facts About Ears The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child's life, the more serious the effects on the child's development. Similarly, the earlier the problem is identified and intervention begun, the less serious the ultimate impact. There are four major ways in which hearing loss affects children: It causes delay in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills (speech and language). The language deficit causes learning problems that result in reduced academic achievement. Communication difficulties often lead to social isolation and poor self-concept. It may have an impact on vocational choices. Specific effects Vocabulary Vocabulary develops more slowly in children who have hearing loss. Children with hearing loss learn concrete words like cat, jump, five, and red more easily than abstract words like before, after, equal to, and jealous. They also have difficulty with function words like the, an, are, and a. The gap between the vocabulary of children with normal hearing and those with hearing loss widens with age. Children with hearing loss do not catch up without intervention. Children with hearing loss have difficulty understanding words with multiple meanings. For example, the word bank can mean the edge of a stream or a place where we put money. Sentence Structure Children with hearing loss comprehend and produce shorter and simpler sentences than children with normal hearing. Children with hearing loss often have difficulty understanding and writing complex sentences, such as those with relative clauses ("The teacher whom I have for math was sick today.") or passive voice ("The ball was thrown by Mary.") Children with hearing loss often cannot hear word endings such as -s or -ed. This leads to misunderstandings and misuse of verb tense, pluralization, nonagreement of subject and verb, and possessives. Speaking Children with hearing loss often cannot hear quiet speech sounds such as "s," "sh," "f," "t," and "k" and therefore do not include them in their speech. Thus, speech may be difficult to understand. Children with hearing loss may not hear their own voices when they speak. They may speak too loudly or not loud enough. They may have a speaking pitch that is too high. They may sound like they are mumbling because of poor stress, poor inflection, or poor rate of speaking. Academic Achievements Children with hearing loss have difficulty with all areas of academic achievement, especially reading and mathematical concepts. Children with mild to moderate hearing losses, on average, achieve one to four grade levels lower than their peers with normal hearing, unless appropriate management occurs. Children with severe to profound hearing loss usually achieve skills no higher than the third- or fourth-grade level, unless appropriate educational intervention occurs early. The gap in academic achievement between children with normal hearing and those with hearing loss usually widens as they progress through school. The level of achievement is related to parental involvement and the quantity, quality, and timing of the support services children receive. Social Functioning Children with severe to profound hearing losses often report feeling isolated, without friends, and unhappy in school, particularly when their socialization with other children with hearing loss is limited. These social problems appear to be more frequent in children with a mild or moderate hearing losses than in those with a severe to profound loss. Effects of Hearing Loss on Child's Development

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