Hearing Loss in Children

Facts About Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing is essential in the development of a child’s speech, language, cognitive, educational, and social abilities. Children learn to speak by listening. The human ear is actually a fully developed part of our bodies at birth.  Even before birth, infants respond to sound in utero, and from the moment they are born, children continue to learn about the world around them through hearing.

Currently, most newborns receive a newborn hearing screening before being discharged from the hospital. However, hearing loss can develop at any age. It is recommended that children receive regular hearing screenings as they grow and during their school years.  If your child failed a hearing screening or if you are concerned about your child’s hearing, contact us to schedule a comprehensive hearing test.

Hearing Loss in Children can be congenital or acquired.

  • Approximately three to six out of every 1000 infants are born with congenital hearing loss
  • Approximately 12% of all children ages 6 to 19 have noise-induced hearing loss

Congenital Hearing Loss: Hearing loss which a child is born with is referred to as congenital hearing loss.  Common causes include genetic factors, prematurity, infection during pregnancy, and other medical conditions.

Acquired Hearing Loss: Acquired hearing loss refers to hearing loss that occurs after birth. Common causes include chronic ear infections, bacterial or viral infections such as meningitis or measles, head injury, exposure to loud noise, or exposure to ototoxic medications.