We all want our children to grow up healthy and happy, so it can be extremely scary when your child is dealing with some form of hearing loss. When we think about hearing loss we so often think about an older population so it can be difficult to understand just how your children may have been born with or developed hearing loss along the way. We are here to make sure every child gets the care they need to treat and manage their hearing loss for life.
What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss will occur whenever a part of the ear doesn’t work normally, whether it’s the outer, inner or middle ear, the acoustic nerve or the auditory system. If your child was born with this condition this is known as congenital hearing loss, while those who develop it after birth have acquired hearing loss.
How does hearing loss happen in children?
With congenital hearing loss there are many factors that could be responsible including genetics, infection during pregnancy, injury at birth or premature birth.
Acquired hearing loss, on the other hand, can result from a bacterial infection, head injury or being exposed to loud noises. Fortunately, our medical team knows how to properly diagnose and treat your child’s hearing problems.
What are the signs?
Babies and children will respond differently. Babies may not become startled by loud sounds, they may hear some sounds but not others and they may not turn their head when you call their name.
Older children may experience a delay in speech or develop speech that is unclear. Children may also need people to repeat themselves often or need to turn electronics up loudly in order to hear it. Hearing loss can cause development problems, which is why it’s important to come in right away if you are concerned about your child’s hearing.
Your child’s hearing is vitally important. If you would like to schedule a screening call our office today at (407) 253-1000.