Hearing loss affects people of all ages and backgrounds. This includes infants, toddlers and young children. The most common causes of hearing loss in young children are ear infections. While temporary at first, frequent ear infections may result in more permanent hearing loss. Unfortunately, because children do not usually have the awareness and vocabulary to express that they are having trouble hearing, it can be challenging to recognize. Of course every child is different, and indications will vary based on the severity of the hearing loss. Below are some tips that can help you recognize hearing loss:
- The child often seems “off in their own world” and it takes extra effort to attract their
- They have difficulty focusing on group tasks or in
- They do not respond when you call their name.
- The child has above average difficulty understanding and following verbal instructions, especially in group situations.
- They seem frustrated or overwhelmed in large situations or when there is significant background noise.
- The child has frequent ear infections or complains of pain in their ear(s).
- They have delayed speech development or seem to speak differently than their peers.
- They express difficulty hearing in various situations
- The child does not respond to noises like a doorbell or quiet
For children, it is especially important that hearing loss is treated quickly, as it can affect speech, social and cognitive development. If you suspect that your child may have a hearing loss, schedule an appointment today with a licensed audiologist. They will be able to use age-appropriate methods to test your child’s hearing in order to determine their level of hearing loss and provide you with appropriate treatment options.