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  1. 1. Sudden hearing loss in an adult as theresult of accidental trauma is something that an individual has to find ways tocompensate for. Congenital disorders cause hearing loss that worsens over the yearsand even decades. They are something that can be prepared for in emotional and physical ways in ones environment.
  2. 2. But, there is something especially difficult about having a child witha disability facing a future difficulty hearing or experiencingprogressive hearing loss from the stage of birth or infancy The goodnews is that diagnostics to determine the physical malady and stageof their sound processing ability is available to create a rehabilitationprogram or help to select the proper hearing aid for the child Thisprocess can also begin as early as the newborn stage and follow allof the childs developmental stages through their start of schoolNewborns are typically required to receive a screening for hearingfunction Two of the tests that can be given include the otoacousticemission test or the auditory brainstem response test
  3. 3. A parent can take their child to their local hospital or to their familyphysician in order to complete this stage Hearing loss in childrenthat is first noticed past infancy but under the age 5 can be the resultof new developments or the existence of a progressive loss that wasnot tested at an earlier age Also, by this age, some childrenmay have experienced frequent ear infections In some cases,treatment of an infection or fluid buildup by a pediatrician or otologistcan help to improve the childs hearing
  4. 4. But, when a child in this age group is showing delayed response tostimuli, not responding to loud noises, or requiring frequentrepetition, it should be taken as a warning of an issue that must beaddressed right away When a child does not pass this stage ofhearing screening, they can be referred to an audiologists Theaudiologist administers diagnostic tests to identify the childsthreshold of auditory processing, including congenital auditoryissues, which can be prevalent as early as 3 months old Whenhearing loss is positively identified to be present, the child will besent for further testing with an ear, nose, and throat surgeon, knownas an otologist
  5. 5. It may be recommended that the child could benefit from thesupport of a hearing aid or surgical cochlea implant depending upontheir age and degree of hearing loss The younger the child and more severethe stage of loss, the more drastic the requirement will be tosupplement the loss Remember, hearing also impacts a childsability to pick up language And if their hearing loss is not detectedand rehabilitated early enough, they may struggle with speech andbe behind their classmates or unable to keep up
  6. 6. So, the main objective should always be to receive early diagnosisso that the child can receive early rehabilitation help, such as thesupport of a type of hearing aid In assistance is availableSimply contact the professionals at
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