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Important Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

Why Hearing Loss in Children?

The primary cause of hearing loss in your child may either be due to damage in the ear parts such as the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, or dysfunction of the audiometry system or nerves in the body. Other causes include,

  • Cole of Flue
  • Head injury
  • Inheritance
  • Infection in ears
  • Poor oxygen levels during birth

Certainly, hearing loss in children is evaluated based on two factors. One is the volume of sound and the other is the frequency of the sound being heard by the child.

If your child cannot hear sounds that are below 15dB, then he or she has to undergo a screening for hearing loss. Likewise, the pitch of a sound heard by the child has to be validated to diagnose the frequency of hearing loss if present.

Normal Behavior vs. Hearing Loss in Children

 Hearing, Understanding, Speech, Language, and Social skills of child progress with the age.

  • Until 3-4 months from birth, a newborn begins seeing and smiling when interacting and at times murmurs or develops cooing sounds.
  • Between 4-9 months, an infant starts responding to sounds and pays attention to what they see and hear. Also, understands and recognizes the way we talk or listen to them.
  • Between 12 to 24 months, a toddler tries to talk more words, makes multiple sounds, and answers your questions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come up with precise milestones that every parent has to check and compare with the signs of their child. When your child deviates or delays to reach these kinds of developments, then hearing loss may be one of the reasons.

Main Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss in children can be sensed when a child demonstrates some of the following signs of hearing loss.

Signs of hearing loss in children less than 4 years (Infants or Toddlers):

  • Poor at combining two or more words
  • Doesn’t react or respond to questions
  • Less attentive to surrounding sounds or loud noises
  • Cannot develop a conversation with parents
  • Being louder than usual
  • Caretaker complaining about focus, speech, or understanding
  • Lethargic about the origin of sounds or music
  • Continue to babble the sounds when being an infant

Signs of hearing loss in children above 4 years:

  • Stays calm when the TV volume is too high
  • Speech is either slow or not clear
  • Deviate from what is being commanded
  • Frequently asks “What did you say?” or “Huh?”
  • Poor at listening or paying attention to people
  • Ignore who talks or interacts with them

However, these signs are just the symptoms of hearing loss in a child. To confirm this, proper audiometry screening, lab tests, and diagnosis are required. Call us to book an appointment with our Pediatric hearing experts!

Earlier the Better

Unless a child can hear properly, he or she cannot develop social skills, language, speech, etc. Thus, it is crucial to diagnose hearing loss in pediatrics as early as possible. By doing this, the hearing loss treatment can be highly productive and effective. As a result, the child can overcome the hearing loss sooner and live the life they wanted.

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