ABOUT Hearing Loss in Children
Hearing Loss in Children might be present from birth (congenital) or develop later in life (acquired). Congenital hearing loss can be inherited (genetic) or result from diseases contracted during pregnancy, such as cytomegalovirus or rubella.
Hearing loss is more likely in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) newborns (NICU). Hearing loss can be a standalone disorder or a sign of a syndrome with other symptoms.
In rare circumstances, genetic testing might assist in determining the cause of hearing loss. Infectious disorders, such as meningitis or chronic ear infections and trauma, and some drugs, can cause acquired hearing loss.
Hearing loss can be classified as follows, depending on its cause and origin: Sensorineural hearing loss is a type of permanent hearing loss caused by damage or malformation of the inner ear (cochlea) or the auditory nerve.
When sound can't flow through the ear due to earwax build-up, a foreign body lodged anywhere in the ear, fluid build-up, or a punctured eardrum, and it's called conductive hearing loss.
(In some circumstances, conduction hearing loss can be corrected with drugs or surgery.)
Depending on the level of the hearing loss, it is classified as mild, moderate, severe, or profound.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Children
⦁ Hearing loss, such as the inability to perceive faint sounds
⦁ Inability to react to sound
⦁ Language and speech development in early childhood is delayed.
⦁ Unclear speech
Diagnosis of Hearing Loss in Children
A hearing test is the most accurate approach to determine the severity of hearing loss.
It's possible that more testing will be required to determine the cause.
There is no such thing as a youngster who is too young for a hearing test!
Treatment - Medication for hearing aids
- Implants for the cochlea
Hearing loss and deafness in newborns should be assessed soon after delivery so that therapy can begin as quickly as possible, as an intervention within the first six months can prevent developmental and social issues.
- Children's hearing exams
When a child reaches school age, he or she can sit still, be silent, and raise his or her hand in response to speech and tone stimuli in the sound booth.
Like adult hearing examinations, the child can now quickly wear headphones for ear-specific measures and remain still for tympanometry and acoustic reflex tests.
Diagnosis and Screening
Hearing tests can determine whether or not a child has hearing loss. Hearing testing is painless and straightforward. In reality, when babies are being tested, they are frequently asleep. Therefore, it takes very little time — generally only a few minutes — to complete.
Hearing tests for babies should be done no later than one month of age. Hearing tests are performed on most babies while they are still in the hospital. If a baby fails a hearing screening, a thorough hearing test should be done as soon as feasible, but no later than three months of age.
Hearing tests should be done on children before they start school or whenever there is a concern about their hearing. If a child fails the hearing screening, he or she should receive a comprehensive hearing test as soon as feasible.
If you suspect your kid has hearing loss, schedule a hearing test with your child's doctor as soon as possible. Please don't put it off!
If your child fails a hearing screening, schedule a thorough hearing test with your child's doctor as soon as possible.
If your kid has hearing loss, speak with his or her doctor about treatment options and services.
A child's capacity to develop speech, language, and social skills might be harmed by hearing loss.
The sooner children with hearing loss begin receiving treatment, the better their chances of reaching their full potential.
If you feel your child has hearing loss, trust your intuition and consult with your child's physician.