Must-Know Information For Parents: Hearing Loss In ChildrenPublished On: July 15, 2019
Hearing loss can occur at an early age, though it may not be as common as to be expected in older adults. This particular type of hearing loss can significantly impact speech and language skill development. That means a child may not be able to understand, interpret or use language if they are unable to hear correctly while growing up.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) undertook a study in 2003 which found around 5 in every 1000 children may be suffering from hearing loss. It was also found that diagnosis was made in children between 3 and 17 years old.
The impact of hearing loss can certainly vary from child to child. Some children who experience mild hearing loss may show no consequential signs of their condition, however, others may be significantly affected.
As a parent, it is important for you to keep an eye out for any of the following indicators of mild hearing loss:
- Softer voices may seem unclear to your child, especially if the person speaking isn’t standing immediately next to them.
- Your child may have difficulty hearing in noisy environments. This can make it especially difficult to hear well in the classroom. Research conducted in Nashville, Tennessee indicated that mild hearing loss in school can lead to significant academic difficulties.
- If a child has mild hearing loss from a very young age, there may be a delay in the development of their speech and communication skills. Due to the child not being able to hear correctly, they’re unable to pick up on auditory cues and will be less inclined to communicate with their voice.
- The child may have difficulty building their self-esteem and self-confidence due to their minor hearing loss. They will likely shy away from social activities and have a perceived sense of embarrassment about their hearing difficulties.
What do I do if my child is experiencing mild hearing loss?
Discovering your child is experiencing hearing loss can be a troubling time any family, however, it is important you address the condition as soon as possible. The earlier the hearing loss is detected and treated, the better your child’s chances of overcoming their diagnosis.
Depending on the severity of the hearing loss, your doctor or audiologist may recommend amplification devices, such as a hearing aid, to assist your child day-to-day. The type of device that would be recommended would be based off some of the following circumstances:
- The adverse effects of hearing loss at home or school.
- The level at which the child’s communication skills have developed.
- Any concerns the child, parents or teachers may have.
- The level of support available to the child.
Will a hearing aid help my child?
Under the right circumstances, a hearing aid may certainly help your child overcome their hearing difficulties. At the very least, it will make it much easier for them to hear sounds coming from a distance.
Hearing aids my allow your child to:
- Develop their communication skills by hearing other people interacting with each other. This will certainly minimize the effort required by the child to listen to and contribute to conversations.
- Hear more environmental sounds to make better sense of what’s happening around them.
- Soft speech sounds, such as “f”, “s” and “th” will be heard more easily. This should help them understand speech more efficiently, and allow them to incorporate the sounds in their own speech.
If your child has been recommended a hearing aid by your audiologist and you think it might be the next best step to combat their hearing loss, the team at Best Hearing Aid are ready to help.
Feel free to give us a call on (800) 376-6001 to have a chat and discover what hearing aid might be right for your child.