Children and Hearing Loss
What Parents Should Know About Hearing Loss
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Hearing loss in children is considered one of the most common birth defects in Canada. It affects approximately 3 in 1000 births. The Ontario newborn hearing-screening program is designed to ensure all children born with a hearing loss receive proper aural rehabilitation. However, the newborn screening does not catch all children with hearing loss and childhood hearing loss can easily go undetected if acquired during the toddler years. A hearing loss that is acquired by toddlers and young children is often a conductive loss and usually impacts the middle ear, which may be treatable with medical intervention. The leading cause of a conductive hearing loss is Otitis Media. Otitis Media is extremely common affecting approximately 75 percent of children by age 1. The Canadian Academy of Audiology recommends a hearing assessment as soon as there is any concern with hearing. A lack of speech development or a regression in speech development is the most common sign. The child may also have difficulty locating sounds, complain that their ears hurt or speak loudly. Children with undetected hearing struggle academically, behaviourally and socially when compared to their normal hearing or hearing aid wearing peers. A child should have a hearing test completed to evaluate the degree and type of hearing loss. A thorough hearing assessment along with proper education on hearing health can help ensure children have the resources they require for good hearing and ear protection. To learn more please enjoy the following video:
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