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Children may not be intentionally ignoring you

"Calling her name,  she wouldn't respond," Emily Canty said of her daughter, Briahna. That issue, in particular, brought the 10-year-old to Mission Children's Hospital in Asheville for a diagnostic hearing test. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

"Calling her name, she wouldn't respond," Emily Canty said of her daughter, Briahna.

That issue, in particular, brought the 10-year-old to Mission Children's Hospital in Asheville for a diagnostic hearing test.

"Sometimes, we get the idea that maybe our child is ignoring us, but really they may be having difficulty hearing," explained Diana Wilson, a pediatric audiologist.

Tests, based on a hand response to various tones, confirmed a problem.

"I think she was born with a hearing issue and it wasn't caught in time," Emily speculated.

Briahna added, "It developed worse and worse and worse until I got to here."

"Even a mild hearing loss or a unilateral hearing loss -- loss in one ear -- can affect the child's academic achievement," said Wilson.

Now fitted with hearing aids, Briahna's concentration, speech and grades have improved -- making life better for her and those around her.

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