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Similarities between mild hearing loss and attention deficit disorder

Often the symptoms of a hearing loss are mistaken for an Attention Deficit problem. The chart below shows the similarities.

MILD HEARING LOSS ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
     Inappropriate responses      Blurting out answers before questions are completed
       Difficulty following directions      Difficulty following through on  instructions and organizing tasks 
       Difficulty sustaining attention during oral presentations      Difficulty in listening to others without being distracted or interrupting
       Impulsive      Acts on the spur of the moment
       Frequently asks for repetition      Focuses only with frequent reinforcement or is under very strict control 
       Academic failure      Multiple problems with schoolwork and social activities 
       Poor self-concept      Isolated and low self esteem
       Doesn't complete assignments      Frequently fails to finish schoolwork, or works carelessly
       Doesn't seem to listen      "Can't sit still and listen!"


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