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Hearing Loss in Childhood


Published on Childhood hearing loss can be hard to understand, difficult to decipher, confusing for the child and anxiety-causing for the parents.

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Hearing Loss in Childhood

  1. 1. Hearing Loss in Childhood Childhood hearing loss can be hard to understand, difficult to decipher, confusing for the child and anxiety-causing for the parents. The number one thing to remember concerning hearing impairment in childhood is early intervention. The earlier the loss can be identified, the quicker management, treatment,and coping can begin!If you suspect or have recently found out that your child hashearing loss, a million thoughts may be swirling in your head.How will this affect your child? Will their development be delayed?Will they be up to par with their peers in school? How will they beaffected socially? While these thoughts are frustrating, they arenot unwarranted.Hearing impairment has many side effects that can include:delayed speech and language development, poorer academicprogress, social withdrawal, and more. However, with appropriatemanagement and amplification, these side effects can beminimized.Early identification equals early management. Early managementequals a greater chance of typical development. Children who areidentified early with hearing impairment prior to development ofspeech and language have a greater chance of typicaldevelopment than those later identified when language should bedeveloping. Website : HaveBetterHearing Blog : Hearing-Aids-Lancaster-PA Phone : 717-271-7019
  2. 2. The more typical the child’s language development is the greaterchance for making the typical milestones of childhood.Many hospital systems now provide infant hearing screeningsduring the hospitalization time following birth. These screeningsare very beneficial for early identification. However, not allchildren who do not pass in one or both ears have a hearing loss.Other factors can cause a normal hearing child to fail a screening.Additionally, some children with hearing loss found later maypass the screening. Preschool and elementary school screeningsmay be available to your child as he/she grows. However, if younote that your child is not reaching typical language milestones ordoes not respond well to auditory signals, it is important to seekout an evaluation.Free evaluations may be available through state and federal earlyintervention programs in children ages 0-3. Children 3 and up canreceive services through the public school systems.With appropriate intervention, your child may be able to performsimilarly to peers. This will depend on many factors, including:time of onset of hearing impairment, when the impairment wasidentified, and the severity of the loss.The appropriateness of the intervention and the willingness of theparent and child to work toward progress are both factors. Askyour hearing healthcare provider or physician to help youunderstand your child’s hearing loss and management in practicalterms today. Website : HaveBetterHearing Blog : Hearing-Aids-Lancaster-PA Phone : 717-271-7019