Hearing Loss in Children
Child or pediatric hearing loss can be difficult for a family and child to experience. It can impact a child’s ability to learn, particularly from birth to three years when language skills develop. Hearing loss in children can also impede their ability to interact with the world and build relationships with the people around them. Fortunately, many of the causes of child hearing loss can be treated so your child can experience the sounds of growing up. The most common type of child hearing loss is conductive hearing loss.
This means that there is a blockage in the external or middle ear that prevent the conduction of sound into the inner ear. These blockages can be due to otitis media, an impacted cerumen, perforated eardrum, or a birth defect. Conductive hearing loss is generally be treated with antibiotics or surgery, typically from an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist. Children may also suffer from other types of hearing loss, such as damage to the cochlea or auditory nerve, which can be treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants, provided by an audiologist.
Children may also suffer from other types of hearing loss, such as damage to the cochlea or auditory nerve, which can be treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants, provided by an audiologist.
While child hearing loss manifests in many ways, there are a few common symptoms:
Loud noises do not startle them
Their speech does not develop normally
Toddler and Older:
Watching the television at a high volume and sitting closer to it than normal
Difficulty learning in school
Stating that they can’t hear
Not responding when someone talks to them from behind or a farther distance away
If you believe your child is experiencing hearing loss, please contact us at our Albuquerque or Rio Rancho office to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists. At Worth Hearing Center, we work to conduct hearing tests, diagnosis, and treatment in a timely manner because we believe that your child deserves the best quality of hearing for their life. We’ve worked with many families’ who have a child with hearing loss, and we love their successful outcomes, whether through a pediatric hearing aid or through cochlear implant.