You might be surprised what everyday noises could actually be affecting your child’s hearing.
We know you want to protect your child’s health at all costs. While it’s normal to think about ways to prevent the common cold, flu or other infectious diseases, it might be less normal to consider measures to take to prevent hearing loss in your child. Whether your child was born with some degree of hearing loss or you are looking to protect their precious hearing, our Maitland and Orlando, FL ENT doctors and audiologist are here to share the common causes of hearing loss.
Congenital Hearing Loss
If your child was born with some degree of hearing loss at birth then this is considered a congenital condition. From birth complications to certain genetic disorders, there are a variety of reasons why hearing loss may occur at birth. After your baby is born, a battery of tests will be run at the hospital to check your child’s vision and hearing. In most cases, hearing loss will be detected before you and your child even leave the hospital.
Acquired Hearing Loss
If your child wasn’t born with hearing loss but develops hearing loss at some point during their childhood this is called acquired hearing loss. There are many reasons why this may happen such as:
- Chronic, serious or untreated ear infections
- Certain illnesses like meningitis or measles
- A severe head injury
- Damage to the eardrum
- Long-term exposure to loud noises
If you notice any of these symptoms in your little one then it’s time to schedule a hearing evaluation with one of our Orlando otolaryngologists and hearing specialists:
- Needing to turn to volume up on the TV or radio
- Not responding to noises around them
- Not responding or hearing you when you speak
- Needing you to repeat things often
- Experiencing frequent ear pain
- Having delays in speech
- Reading lips
The sooner you seek an evaluation the better. While hearing loss can’t be reversed there are ways to help improve your child’s hearing to prevent the condition from getting worse.
Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Maitland and Orlando, FL is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the ENT care they need. Whether you are dealing with allergies or your little one is displaying signs of hearing loss, we are here to help. Schedule a consultation today.