As per the UN agency, more than 5% of the world’s population (360 million) has hearing disability. Of this, approximately 32 million are children. However, WHO says that about 60% of hearing impairment in children can be avoided if treated at the right time.
For children, speech and hearing are essential tools of learning, developing social skills and playing. They learn to communicate by imitating the different sounds that they hear. In case they are suffering from hearing loss, they will miss out on a lot of language and speech around them, resulting in delayed language or speech development, academic difficulties and social problem.
At Sravani Hearing Aid Clinic, we have noticed that hearing impairment affects 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children. Fortunately, we can help treat your child’s hearing loss with cutting-edge technology if detected early. Your child’s hearing can be maximized through early diagnosis, early fitting of hearing aids and early start to special education program.
Typically, there are 2 categories of hearing loss in children – congenital (at birth) and acquired (after birth). Some of the causes of each are explained below.
# Congenital Hearing Loss
@ Infection during pregnancy
@ Birth complications, such as baby requiring neonatal intensive care, unusual appearance of baby’s head, ears or face, drugs used for respiratory life-sustaining methods for premature infants and so on
@ Disorder of the nervous system or brain
@ Family history of hearing loss
@ Genetic syndromes like, Down’s, Ushers and Warrensburg’s syndromes
# Acquired Hearing Loss
@ Middle-ear infections that are untreated, such as measles, mumps, meningitis and whooping cough
@ Excessive loud noise like, fireworks
@ Perforation of the eardrum
@ Serious head injury
@ Diseases, such as Meniere’s disease
In a lot of cases, hearing loss in infants or young children is only temporary and can be caused by middle-ear infections or earwax. We can restore temporary hearing loss through a minor surgery or other medical treatments. However, if your child is suffering from sensor neural hearing loss, also known as nerve deafness, he or she can be permanently deaf. Fortunately, we have digital and invisible hearing aids that can be fitted to children as young as 3 months and help them hear perfectly.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Infants and Pre-Schoolers
If you notice the following symptoms in your child, make sure to immediately come to Sravani Hearing Aid Clinic. Remember that early intervention and diagnosis can help to treat hearing impairment to the extent that your child can be prevented from becoming deaf.
@ A newborn baby with hearing impairment will not get startled when he or she hears loud noise or sounds
@ Older infants who do not respond to familiar voices and show no reaction might be suffering from hearing loss
@ If a 15-month old child does not respond to his or her name or unable to repeat the sounds that you make, you might want to come to us and allow our professionals to check your child’s hearing ability
@ If your school-going child is turning up the volume of the TV excessively high, he or she might be suffering from partial hearing loss
@ If he or she is complaining of head noises, ear pain or earaches, visit a specialist at Sravani Hearing Aid Clinic immediately
Understanding children can be tricky and the above-mentioned signs may not necessarily indicate a hearing problem, but it is better not take any chances. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent permanent hearing loss in your child. Our ear specialists in Sravani Hearing Aid Clinic will test the hearing ability of your child, fit hearing aids if necessary and recommend speech and hearing rehabilitation.
So, the next time you hear your child crying differently or not responding to your friendly calls, contact us!