Hearing loss in children can lead to complications like delayed speech and language development. However, your child’s pediatrician can ensure that they are on the best track to on-track development with early intervention and careful monitoring. Read below to learn more about childhood hearing loss and its treatments, and if you are interested in pursuing treatment, contact Drs. Cheryl Cotter, Joshua Gottschall, Eric Jaryszak, or James Kosko at Children’s Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates with locations in Southwest Orlando, Southeast Orlando, Maitland, and Southeast Orlando, FL.
What causes childhood hearing loss?
Hearing loss in children can originate from a number of different causes. Some children are born with conditions that affect hearing, such as disorders in the nervous system or brain, a premature birth, genetic conditions, or certain situations with the mother such as drug or alcohol abuse. In other cases, children may develop hearing loss due to outside factors such as certain medications, a perforated eardrum, exposure to loud noises, head injury, untreated ear infections, or serious infections such as meningitis or whooping cough.
Does my child have hearing loss?
Children who do not meet their regular developmental markers for hearing may suffer from hearing loss. If you notice that your infant does not startle at loud sounds or respond when spoken to, they may have hearing issues. Older children may have delayed speech, often demonstrated through a lack of babbling or not understanding basic requests. If you suspect that your child has hearing loss, consult with their doctor to ensure that they get the treatment they need.
Hearing Loss Treatments in Southwest Orlando, FL, Maitland, FL, and Southeast Orlando, FL
Treating your child’s hearing loss will begin with a hearing test to measure the severity of the loss. Depending on the severity, your child’s doctor will suggest different treatments. Some children may need hearing aids, while milder cases may require speech therapy or an assistive listening device. Children with full hearing loss may qualify for a cochlear implant, which bypasses the ear and sends sound straight into the brain itself.
If you suspect your child may suffer from hearing loss, be sure to check in with their pediatrician first for a referral to a pediatric audiologist. Some cases of hearing loss may be due to an earwax build up, while others may require further testing to determine the best course of action.
For more information on hearing loss in children, please contact Drs. Cheryl Cotter, Joshua Gottschall, Eric Jaryszak, or James Kosko at Children’s Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates with locations in Southwest Orlando, FL, Maitland, FL, and Southeast Orlando, FL. Call (407) 253-1000 to schedule your appointment at the Hiawassee location in Orlando, (407) 253-1000 to schedule your appointment in Maitland, or (407) 253-1000 to schedule your appointment at the Lake Nona location in Orlando.