Understanding Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss in children is something that can already be detected early. Newborn hearing screening is a universal practice in all hospitals in the United States. The hearing ability of children is important as this is the pivotal component of language and speech skills. And in recent years studies have shown more than ever that quality of life can be linked to hearing and communication abilities.

But did you know that 5 out of every 1000 kids from ages 3-17 have hearing loss problems? This is according to research done by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most often associate hearing loss with old age or specific conditions. But there are ways that hearing loss can occur at a young age.

This article is going to discuss the common causes of hearing loss in children and more importantly, the ways to detect hearing problems.

Causes of Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing loss in children can either be congenital or acquired. Congenital means that the problem has existed since birth. Acquired hearing loss is a problem that occurred after birth. There is also a more specific type of acquired hearing loss called, transient hearing loss. This is caused by a middle ear infection or otitis media.

Below are some of the most common causes of Congenital Hearing Loss.

  • Smoking, and alcohol or drug abuse during pregnancy
  • Maternal Diabetes
  • German measles, herpes simplex, and other infections during pregnancy
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Brain disorders
  • Some life-sustaining drugs for premature babies
  • Other birth complications
  • Genetic hearing factors specifically, autosomal recessive hearing loss, autosomal dominant hearing loss, and other genetic syndromes.

Below are the common causes for most who experience acquired hearing loss:

  • Secondhand smoke exposure
  • Ear infections
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Major head injuries
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Progressive Otosclerosis
  • Progressive Meniere’s Diseases
  • Perforated eardrums

Ways to Detect Hearing Loss in Children

The good news for parents is that there are constantly improving solutions for this problem. Hearing loss is something you can either prevent or treat. You just need to make yourself knowledgeable. Some common signs that your child might have impaired hearing are:

  • They do not react to loud noises
  • A slower or difficult vocabulary development in young children
  • Constant difficulties with spoken language
  • They seemingly ignore others often when they do not realize it
  • A need to have music or the television turned up very loud compared to others
  • Speech and communication difficulties in school or loud settings

How Beltone DFW Can Help

If you want to know more about what your options and hearing loss solutions are, you can consult with your local hearing specialist. Hearing complications among children can be scary but there are many possible answers.

At Beltone DFW, our hearing experts can identify the causes, and the solutions, to your hearing loss situation. We will start with a complimentary hearing exam, and through the latest testing methods and technology, we will be able to then begin looking at the best options for your child. After all, your kids deserve a future where they can communicate properly.

Beltone DFW provides the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with hearing specialists that can help you through the process. And if necessary they are experts at finding the right devices for you. Give us a call today at (888) 958-8432 or schedule an appointment online to begin exploring your options.