Hearing loss is devastating for anyone but when it affects children it is even more heart breaking. We associate the common issue of hearing loss among the older generation, but what causes hearing loss in children?
There are many things that can cause hearing loss in children. One of the most
common causes is reoccurring serious infections in the middle ear, commonly
known as otitis media. Many children will be affected by otitis media at some
point in their childhood; in fact research shows that a child will experience
otitis media as least once by the time they reach three years old. Only when it
becomes chronic, hearing can become permanently affected.
Another possible cause of hearing loss in children is called congenital hearing loss. This simply means that the hearing loss is present at birth. This condition may be hereditary. Other factors possibly causing hearing loss at birth may be issues while in utero or even factors occurring at the time of birth.
Congenital causes of hearing loss
Causes of hearing loss acquired anytime in the child's life
Children learn to talk and communicate from hearing other
people speak. This is why it is paramount that children get treatment as soon
as the hearing loss is discovered. If you are the child's parent and you
suspect there may be an issue with their hearing, you should not wait. Schedule
an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
What are the treatments for children with hearing loss?
As a parent you will want to help your child in any way that you can. Correcting hearing loss for your child is very important for both their speech and social development. If a hearing aid is recommended, check out all of your options. Price and the comfort of a hearing device should be considered. The most important thing to do, is get your child to a doctor as soon as possible.