Has your child been diagnosed with a hearing impairment? As a parent, we understand your need to learn more about hearing loss to further comprehend what your child is experiencing.
After learning their child may have a hearing impairment, parents normally ask what could have caused the issue. Hearing loss can be caused by several factors. Testing performed by an audiologist can assist in narrowing down the root cause and help determine a viable solution. Read on to see a brief list detailing possible causes of hearing loss in children.
Not all hearing loss is preventable, and most types of hearing loss cannot be completely reversed. However, this article talks about hearing loss causes that can absolutely be prevented. In this article, we specifically discuss noise-related hearing loss and the role of primary care in preventing hearing loss. (more…)
Have you ever wondered if there is a link between hearing loss and dementia? If so, you are not the only one to wonder about possible connections. One study published in 2011 detailed an experiment conducted by researchers from several institutions, including the John Hopkins School of Medicine. The researchers followed 639 individuals between the ages of 36 and 90. (more…)
Age-related hearing loss is the number one communication disorder, with 1 in 5 Americans having hearing loss of some kind--that’s 48.1 million people. Around 4.5 million of those with hearing problems (11%) are between the ages of 50-59. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) also estimates that as much as 35% of those between 65 and 75 have hearing loss. The name for age-related hearing loss is presbycusis. (more…)
It can be hard for a child to adjust to hearing aids, but loving and attentive parents can be a great resource. Some children can easily acclimate but the process is not so easy for all children. There are many ways that you, as a parent, can help your child adjust to his/her hearing aids. (more…)
Getting your child’s first set of new hearing aids is an exciting moment, an important milestone in your child’s journey to sound. It will be a very exciting time for your entire family, but it is also normal that you should have questions about child hearing aids and how to introduce them to your child. You may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information on child hearing aids, but here are a few tips to try to help make the introduction a little smoother. (more…)
How necessary is it to help family members adjust to hearing loss in the family? The answer: very. You want to involve family members when a child experiences hearing loss. Even a mild loss can lead to many difficulties that a child may need help with. This means you should actively involve grandparents and other adults as well as your child’s siblings. While siblings may start off as playmates when they are young, they will become many more things to each other as they age and develop. (more…)
There are many misunderstandings about hearing loss in children. Perhaps one of the most prominent misunderstandings is only older people have hearing loss. And while it is true that 36 million American adults (approximately 17 percent) report having some degree of hearing loss, there are 3 children for every 1,000 born who experience serious or profound hearing loss. (more…)
Identifying hearing loss in young children is difficult and, in some cases, may not be detectable until the age of two. Unfortunately this is a vital period of development in your child’s life. If you detect the symptoms (will place a link here to the symptoms of hearing loss blog or eBook) early on, you have a chance of lessening the overall impact hearing loss can have on your child’s development. Hearing loss that goes undiagnosed could potentially lead to: (more…)
A parent’s goal is to remain ever vigilant of their child’s health and well-being. After all, nothing hurts quite like seeing your child experience pain or discomfort. General illness or small physical injuries, while alarming, are usually simple enough to mend. However, what if your child is suffering from an ailment you can’t see? (more…)