Is allowing a student to leave what he/she is doing and go take a break in a pre-designated spot. That gives the student
the opportunity to monitor his need to walk away when things are getting heated.
Conductive hearing loss occurs in either the outer or the middle ear. By far the most common condition associated with
conductive hearing loss in children is 'glue ear'. In 'glue ear' the eustachian tube becomes obstructed, often by adenoids
at the back of the nose and throat, so that air cannot enter the middle ear cavity. As a result, fluid is produced in the
cavity and this fluid affects the movements of the ossicles. As time a goes on, the fluid becomes thicker, until it has the
consistency of glue. Treatment can involve medication and sometimes surgery. In many cases the condition clears up by itself
over time. If the condition is not resolved the surgeon will draw out any fluid from the middle ear cavity by making a tiny
incision in the eardrum. This operation is a called a myringotomy. A ventilation tube (grommet) may be inserted. The adenoids
may also be removed. Occasionally conductive hearing loss is caused by congenital malformation of the ear.
Sensorineural deafness occurs when there is damage to the inner ear. Conditions affecting the inner ear often have serious
implications for hearing and can be caused by genetic factors, illness or accident. It can be mild, moderate, severe or profound.
A mixed hearing loss involves both the middle and inner ear. It is important to realise that children with sensorineural
hearing loss are as prone as anyone else to temporary middle ear disorders, causing an additional conductive hearing loss.
It is therefore essential that the condition is recognised and dealt with as soon as possible.