Pediatric Hearing Services
Signs of Hearing Loss in Children
Are you concerned your child might have a hearing loss? If you recognize any of these symptoms do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment.
- Did not pass their newborn hearing screening in one or both ears.
- Is not starting to loud sounds.
- Does not calm to the sound of parents’ voices.
- Begins to babble, but then stops.
- Does not respond to their name by age 1.
Toddlers and Older
- Sitting close to the television with the sound turned up to a loud volume.
- Having difficulty in school with behavior or grades.
- Asks family to repeat themselves often.
Type of Hearing Loss
As with adults, hearing loss in children is measured in degrees. The hearing loss can range from mild to profound, any of which require swift and appropriate treatment.
A conductive hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss in children and is often not permanent. With a conductive hearing loss sound cannot be transmitted to the inner ear due to a blockage either in the outer or middle ear. Types of conductive hearing loss include an ear infection, fluid behind the eardrum, impacted ear wax, a hole in the ear drum, or birth defects that alter the outer and/or middle ear. Many of these conditions are treatable through medication, minor procedures or surgery by a medical physician.
A sensorineural hearing loss, also known as “nerve deafness”, is a permanent hearing loss. Three in 1000 babies are born with some degree of sensorineural hearing loss which occurs due to genetics, medications, or other medical conditions. Sensorineural hearing loss is a permanent hearing loss that is treated with some form of hearing technology.
Treating Pediatric Hearing Loss
In order for a child to develop normal speech and language they must have access to all the sounds our world offers. For a child diagnosed with a hearing loss it is critical to treat the hearing loss as quickly as possible to ensure there is no speech and language delay. Studies have indicated that an untreated hearing loss leads to neurological changes that can become permanent. In addition to audiological and medical treatment options, a referral may also be made to a speech language pathologist to ensure your child’s speech and language development is not being impacted.
At Southeast Kentucky Audiology we are committed to discussing all forms of communication with parents. This includes oral speech and language, American Sign Language, Total Communication, and Cueing. We believe in providing the family with all of the information so they can decide the best form of communication for their child.