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The ability to hear is very important in a child’s life. As the child grows his language and speech skills depend on his hearing ability. Hearing is an essential tool for a child for playing, learning and developing social skills. Children learn to communicate by imitating the sounds they hear. In recent past, hearing loss in children went undetected till the child reached the age of two. But nowadays most hospitals are having hearing screening for newborns and kids with hearing loss are identified and treated at a much younger age.
A research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 5 out of every 1000 children between the ages of 3 and 17 are diagnosed with hearing loss (Source).
Fortunately there are very few hearing losses that cannot be treated with modern technology. Early detection and treatment can help maximize a child’s hearing.
As the baby starts growing there are certain indications that show that the baby is responding to sounds around him. When such signs are missing then a child is found to be having a hearing loss.
Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for if you think your child has problems while hearing:
As mentioned earlier, in most hospitals hearing screening for newborns is done before they are discharged from the hospital. A baby who doesn’t pass the screening does not necessarily have a hearing loss. Usually a retest within 3 months of age is conducted to confirm hearing loss. If hearing loss is confirmed the doctors usually start the treatment. As your child grows up and you notice any signs or symptoms of problems with his hearing then take him to your family doctor who will do the primary examination and refer you to a specialist.
Treatment for hearing loss in children depends on the cause and severity. Some ways of treatment include:
If you suspect your child to have problems with his hearing, then the following people can be approached for help:
To conclude we can say that hearing loss is not a disease, and with timely attention, treatment and patience, this situation can be easily tackled.
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