Infants are screened before leaving the hospital to make sure they can hear. If everything is normal, they will not be screened again until they start primary school four years later! Because of this, it is important to look out for signs that your child is struggling with his or her hearing and understand the reasons why a child’s hearing may deteriorate.
There are certain milestones children should reach throughout their development. Hearing loss can affect that development, especially balance and co-ordination. Detecting signs of child hearing loss early is important to help counter it or find the best way to help your child.
Why Your Child May Lose His or Her Hearing
There are three main reasons children struggle with their hearing. The first, and most usual, is conductive hearing loss. This is when there is some type of blockage in the ear and even having a cold or build up of ear wax can cause this. There are other medical problems that can cause hearing loss in children, including tears in the ear drum or abnormal growths.
The good news is that many reasons for conductive hearing loss can be treated. It may mean waiting for the symptoms of the cold to go or surgery to repair the defect. It is important
to have it diagnosed since no treatment can lead to permanent problems.
The second reason is due to senorineural hearing loss, which happens when there is damage between the brain and the inner ear. This can make noise sound quieter and less clear and causes a detrimental effect on the speech development. Unfortunately, there is little medical help for this type of hearing loss but there are instruments to help improve it.
The third is a mixture of the two above. While the conductive hearing loss can be repaired, there may still be problems due to the sensorineural reasons.
Why Hearing Loss Happens
There are many reasons why a child may suffer from the above types of hearing loss. Some of
those happen during development while others are due to medications, diseases and hereditary problems. Infant meningitis is one of the causes for hearing loss to occur. Those who should be more aware of the signs of hearing loss include those babies with low birth weight or were born before pregnancy week 32 and babies that needed oxygen at birth.
50% of children will suffer from hearing loss after their birth, due to illnesses like meningitis, mumps or measles, or accidents that happen during growth. Babies and children who have some syndromes may also be at risk of losing their hearing. This is something to talk to your doctor about to understand all the details.
If your child shows low development or is louder than most children, it could be a sign that there is a problem with the hearing. The sooner you have this diagnosed, the better it is for your child – no matter how young he or she is. There is more chance of improvement.
Paul Harrison has written many hearing related topics for www.yourhearing.co.uk. Recently, articles have covered the subjects of reasons for hearing loss, natural methods to improve hearing and the different types of hearing aids available. Your Hearing offers support, advice and help for those who are struggling their and want to enhance their lifestyle despite it.
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