Pediatric Hearing Loss

iStock_000019238916XSmallIf your child has hearing loss or you suspect your child has hearing loss, forming a strong and comfortable relationship with an audiologist is a crucial step in providing your child with as rich and healthy a life as possible.

Children with hearing loss who begin working with a qualified audiologist early in their life, adjust significantly better to life in a hearing world than children who don’t and many causes of pediatric hearing loss are treatable. We have worked with many young children and their parents and encourage you to contact Dr. Story today.

Hearing loss affects 12,000 children born in the United States each year which makes it the most common medical issue affecting young children.

Causes of Hearing Loss in Children http://www.asha.org

Hearing loss affects 12,000 children born in the United States each year which makes it the most common medical issue affecting young children. Dr. Story will work with you to determine the best possible approach to your child’s hearing loss.

What to look for

Infants:

  • Not startling at loud noises
  • Slow speech development

Toddler and older:

  • Sitting too close to the television
  • Needing the volumn up too high
  • Not responding when someone is talking to them
  • Complains of not hearing you

Types of Pediatric Hearing Loss

Conductive

Conductive hearing loss is the most common form seen in children. This type of hearing issues is associated with the external or middle ear. Many of these conditions are treatable and include:

  • ear infection
  • Otitis Media
  • fluid in the ear
  • impacted ear wax
  • a perforated ear drum
  • a foreign object in the canal
  • birth defects that alter the canal.

Sensorineural

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the cochlea (inner ear), or to the nerve pathways that go from the ear to the brain. If your child has sensorineural hearing loss they will be unable to hear faint sounds, and even when the sounds are quite loud, they sound muffled to your child’s ear.

This type of hearing loss can be caused by:

  • Illnesses
  • Drugs that are toxic to hearing
  • Hearing loss that runs in the family (genetic or hereditary)
  • Aging
  • Head trauma
  • Malformation of the inner ear
  • Exposure to loud noise

Most of the time, SNHL cannot be medically or surgically corrected however working with an Audiologist for timely testing, diagnosis and treatment will naturally provide your child with the best possible outcome. Come in to see Dr. Story today.

For more information on pediatric hearing loss, visit: http://www.asha.org/aud/Facts-about-Pediatric-Hearing-Loss-References/

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