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Could a hearing aid help my child? How so?

Yes, a hearing aid can assist an infant or child showing signs of mild hearing loss. Your audiologist will determine if this is the most appropriate course of action after testing is performed. Hearing aids can assist your child in hearing quiet and distant sounds/conversations. Once children are able to pick up sounds and conversations more clearly, you will most likely notice an improvement in their speech and language skills

How will I communicate with my child?

Communicating effectively with your child is dependent on both the type of hearing loss and your family’s preference. There are several ways you can communicate with your child. The types of communication include:

    • American Sign Language (ASL) - Language visually “spoken” by signing with your hands
    • Cued Speech - A visual communication system that merges a spoken language's mouth movement with different hand shapes and locations
    • Combined Communication Strategies - Combines both auditory and visual forms of language
    • Auditory Oral - Method of teaching children to utilize the hearing they possess
    • Auditory Verbal - Therapy used to train children to listen and speak by applying what usable hearing they possess

How will the hearing loss affect my child’s speech and language development?

Hearing is critical to the development of language, speech, communication, and learning. However the earlier the hearing loss is identified and intervention begins, the less your child’s language and communication skills will be affected.

What could have caused my child’s hearing loss?

Statistics show half of all hearing loss in children is due to genetic (hereditary) factors. Other factors, including illness or loud noises, account for nearly 25% of hearing loss causes in children. However, keep in mind nearly 25% of reported hearing loss sources are never identified.

What is the likelihood that this will happen with my other children?

If testing does conclude the hearing loss is genetic, specialists can determine the probability your other children will also experience hearing loss. If both parents carry an autosomal recessive gene, then the likelihood that this will happen in another child is 1 in 4 (25%).However, if even one parent carries a autosomal dominant gene, then the likelihood that this will happen in another child is 1 in 2 (50%). Normally the adult carrying the autosomal dominant gene will also suffer some degree of hearing loss.

Where can I learn more about hearing loss?

If you have questions, consult your audiologist first. This will be the most reliable resource for finding answers to your questions. If you’re only seeking general information or further reading material, there are certain websites you can utilize such as the ones listed below:

Why did this happen to my child?

Hearing loss in children could be linked to several factors, both genetic and non-genetic. In fact, hearing science experts estimate 1 in every 300 babies is born with some degree of hearing loss. Various tests will be performed to determine of your child’s hearing loss.

Why is my child being referred for Genetic Testing?

This is essentially part of the hearing loss testing process. Genetic testing is performed to determine whether your child’s hearing loss is due to non-genetic or gene-related causes.  This helps determine if your other children could be afflicted with hearing loss as well. The full genetic evaluation will also determine if there are other health conditions that need to be addressed.