The signs of hearing loss in newborns and young children are especially crucial to be aware of. Hearing is an important part of learning, and if hearing loss goes unnoticed and untreated, it can hinder a child's ability to fulfill developmental milestones.
Recognizing the signs of a hearing problem might differ between getting treatment and causing irreparable harm to a child's hearing.
What are the Signs of Pediatric Hearing Loss?
Hard-of-hearing children frequently exhibit the following behaviors.
- Developmental delays
- Mood swings
- Having difficulties responding to their name when addressed
- Demands for the television or music to be turned up louder.
- Difficulties understanding or following directions
Sudden loud noises will not startle babies with hearing loss.
What Are The Common Causes Of Pediatric Hearing Loss?
Ear infections are a significant cause of hearing loss in young children, partly because their auditory system grows and, therefore, more susceptible to irritation and infection.
Congenital hearing loss is also fairly common, affecting about one out of 500 newborns. A genetic factor is responsible for almost half of all congenital hearing loss.
What To Expect From Our Pediatric Hearing Evaluations
Several pediatric hearing exams reflect the wide range of abilities and age groups involved when it comes to children. Some of these tests are suitable to perform on kids of all ages. Others are employed depending on your child's age and comprehension ability.
Behavioral audiometry: This screening test monitors a baby's behavior in reaction to specific sounds.
Audiometry games: Headphones are used to send noises into your child's ears at various volumes and pitches. Every time a sound is heard, the child is prompted to do something with a toy (such as touch or move it).
Visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA). In this test, the child is taught to look in the direction of a sound source. When the child responds correctly, they are rewarded with visual reinforcement.
Children above 3
It is assumed that the child can follow more complex directions at this age.
Pure tone audiometry: We play sounds in your child's ears at various volumes and pitches through headphones. We ask your child to respond by raising their hand.
Tympanometry: This test checks how the middle ear functions by detecting any middle ear pressure changes.
Concerns About Your Child? Contact Us Today
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, The lifetime educational cost of hearing loss (at more than 40 dB) has been estimated at $134,771.89 per child. It's easy to see why - Hearing loss is a significant contributor to learning disabilities, poor academic performance and poor social behaviors. If you're concerned your child might have hearing loss, contact us to set up a pediatric hearing test.