She could hear when she was born. But just 19 months into her life, she contracted an undiagnosed illness with a high fever that…
…cost her the ability to hear and see. It was well over a hundred years ago that Helen Keller lost her hearing and sight, yet still today hearing loss in children is acquired due to illness, as well as congenital hearing loss and other contributing factors. Hearing opens the developing world of learning, language, communication, play, and social interaction to children. To be deprived of this early development tool is tragic, but not irretrievable when recognized, diagnosed, and treated early in the child’s life.
According to the National Institutes of Health, and the Hearing Health Foundation, three out of every 1000 children born in the United States suffer congenital hearing loss—are deaf or hearing impaired at birth. Additionally, 75% of children suffer from middle ear infections—the most common cause of hearing loss in youngsters. Repeated occurrences of this infection result in further damage to the ability to hear and can cause permanent hearing loss. Acquired hearing loss in children may also be contributed to extreme noise levels, specific medications and even head injuries. Do you know the signs or symptoms of hearing loss to look for in your children?
Signs of congenital hearing loss in children include a lack of response to the parent’s voice, or to loud noise. The infant making simple sounds that taper off over time is another sign of a baby’s inability to hear. Symptoms of acquired hearing loss in children may be as clear as the consistent request that the volume of the television or other sound-transmitting devices be turned up. Rubbing or pulling on his ears, with irritability for no specific reason may indicate that the child is suffering from an ear infection, or this may be accompanied with fever and pain. If you suspect that your little one has an ear infection, or that she may suffer from hearing loss, speak with your doctor. Don’t delay.
Contact Blount Hearing & Speech in Maryville for your newborn’s hearing screening, or for a complete hearing evaluation for your infant or child. Early diagnosis of hearing loss, intervention, and treatment are your child’s best allies in developing speech and language skills. Your child can join the many other youngsters whose ability to hear has been improved or restored through early detection and the advanced diagnostic equipment and technology at Blount Hearing and Speech. Whether hearing loss in children is congenital or acquired, we can make a difference. Call Blount Hearing & Speech in Maryville today.