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Last Updated on by Noni May
About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in America are born with some level of hearing loss in one ear or both. More than 90 percent of children that are born with hearing loss have hearing parents. When it comes to hearing loss, the statistics are, unfortunately, staggering. And what is even more unfortunate is the fact that many parents do not pay attention to such problems until it is a bit too late.
So, in this article, we will take a look at the telltale signs that your child could be suffering from one hearing loss or another.
There are times when children decidedly turn on deaf ears when they are not interested in why they are being called, or they are just being silly. But there are also times when your child not responding to your call could be a sign of a bigger problem. Children suffering from hearing loss can find it very difficult to hear certain sounds, especially when they are surrounded by other sounds. You may notice, if your child has this problem, that he/she will not be able to hear you when, for example, there is more than one person talking.
For parents, it can be very frustrating sometimes when your child keeps asking you to repeat something you have already said a gazillion times already. If your child extends that same habit to almost anyone when they are being talked to, then you should be concerned. The alarm bells should especially go off when you notice that our child is performing poorly in class and complains that he/she does not hear what is being taught.
Another telltale is when your child always complains about one form of ear discomfort or another. Such complaints could include pain, itchiness, or tinnitus problems. You need to take your child immediately to a specialist to have the necessary diagnosis if the discomfort or pain persists. If the discomfort is a result of other causes like buildup of wax, then your doctor may give you simple treatment options that can be carried out at home.
There are several daily habits that can lead to hearing loss both in a child and in an adult. No matter what the cause is, your doctor will perform the necessary examinations and prescribe the appropriate treatment. If your child is suffering from hearing loss, then one of the main options your doctor will recommend is a hearing aid. Hearing aids do not restore hearing; they only help to amplify the sound waves transmitted to the part of the brain responsible for auditory. Hearing aids are the most preferred option as they are easy to use and maintain as they mostly digitalized and come with batteries. Hearing aid batteries usually die very fast. Thus they should be removed when not in use. The hearing aids should also be cleaned regularly to ensure that they last long.