The Listening Checklist:
Our early years
This knowledge about our younger years is extremely important in early identification and prevention of listening problems. It also sheds light on possible causes of listening problems.
Early separation from the mother
Delay in motor development
Delay in language development
Recurring ear infections
Our external environment
This type of listening is directed outward to the world around us. It keeps us attuned to what’s going on at home, at work, in the classroom or with friends.
Over-sensitivity to sounds
Misinterpretation of questions
Confusion of similar-sounding words
Frequent need for repetition
Inability to follow sequential instructions
Our internal atmosphere
This is the kind of listening that is directed within us. We use it to listen to ourselves and to gauge and control our voice when we speak and sing.
Poor sentence structure
Overuse of stereotyped expressions
Inability to sing in tune
Confusion or reversal of letters
Poor reading comprehension
Poor reading aloud
Our physical abilities
The ear of the body (the vestibule), which controls balance, muscle and eye coordination and body image needs close scrutiny also.
Clumsy, uncoordinated movements
Poor sense of rhythm
Hard time with organization, structure
Confusion of left and rights
Mixed dominance (of hands?)
Poor sports skills
Level of Energy:
Our fuel system
The ear acts like a dynamo (a powerful motor), providing us with the "brain" energy we need to not only to survive but also to lead fulfilling lives.
Tiredness at the end of the day
Habit of procrastinating
Tendency toward depression
Feeling overburdened with everyday tasks
and Social Adjustment:
Our relationship skills
A listening difficulty is often related to these qualities of interacting with others.
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