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Hearing Loss In Children

Hearing Loss In Children


After birth, children learn to speak imitating adults; hence, hearing is important for them. Congenital hearing loss becomes the primary obstacle towards speech-language development for children.

If hearing problems aren’t congenital or of severe form, and occurs during developmental period, then a child can face various problems like pronunciation troubles, difficulty studying and concentrating, inability understanding directions and others. Many times, mild to moderate hearing loss poses problems for a child’s education, especially attending classroom activities. As a result, the child has poor scholastic performance.


Common warning signs of figuring out hearing loss among children:

See below:


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See if your child is looking at you when you call them, or they are rightly following your instructions.



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Whether they are increasing volume while watching TV.



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If they are taking time to speak. Generally, a child first learns to utter the first words by age one. After that, it increases to 250–270 words at age two and around 400 words by age two and half. Hence, it’s important to keep a watch over your child’s problems or delay in learning and uttering words.



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Check if your child is getting absent-minded or inattentive. Attention problems can be seen in everything from following instructions while playing or performance in tasks.



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Whether your child is unmindful in studies or is falling behind others. Keep a watch on your child’s class performance – if they are unable to follow directions or performing bad.



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If your child is having difficulty in responding to or is taking time to respond to soft or spontaneous/connected speech. See if they are responding at once when you take their name/give directions or you have to say it more than once.



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While speaking, if your child says, “What” or “What are you saying”, understand that your child is experiencing hearing problems.



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It’s important to keep a watch if your child is closely observing the face of the speaker during communication.



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Sits at the front of TV to hear properly unlike others who are hearing normally, or increasing volume of TV, tape or CD player.



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If they cannot reply properly over phone or switches the receiver from one ear to another.



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If they do not startle at loud sounds like thunders, crashing of utensils, blowing of conch, sound of vehicles or train whistles, then chances of hearing problems are high.



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If your child is unable to understand the course of sound or fail to understand when someone calls from a particular direction.



Depending on the cause of hearing loss, children can have permanent or temporary hearing loss as well as congenital or acquired. Generally, temporary hearing loss is of conductive type and permanent hearing loss is sensorineural.

In newborns, congenital conductive hearing loss is usually identified through newborn hearing screening and also may be because the baby has microtia or other facial abnormalities. It may also occur due to ossicular deformities and it can be treated by either rehabilitation with a hearing aid or surgical reconstruction.



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