Signs & Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Children Q&A
Signs and symptoms of hearing loss in children may include the following: delayed speech, speech is not clear, does not follow directions, and many others. Trust the experienced ENT Physicians and surgeons of Southern ENT Associates for comprehensive and specialized care. Contact us today for more information or to book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in Thibodaux LA, Houma LA, Raceland LA, Morgan City LA, New Iberia LA, and Youngsville LA.
Table of Contents:
Does your child have hearing loss?
What are the common signs and symptoms of hearing problems in children?
What are the causes of hearing loss in children?
What to do if your child is having trouble hearing?
While the inner ear is a key aspect of the body’s balance system, the brain is still command central, and other senses such as vision and proprioception can also contribute to dizziness and balance issues.
Our experienced team of specialists at Southern ENT are equipped with the knowledge, expertise, and tools to accurately diagnose issues that affect your ears, nose, and throat.
Our team conducts a thorough evaluation to hone in on the underlying issue behind your dizziness and recommends the most appropriate solution to bring things back in balance so you feel better.
Here we discuss some of the most common issues behind recurrent or persistent dizziness.
Issues with hearing in children can come in many forms. Some hearing problems are temporary, while others are permanent. As a parent, you should be aware of the signs of hearing loss in children. The sooner you notice a hearing impairment in your child, the better.
Hearing and copying the sounds of people around them is how children learn to speak. Even before they learn to speak, youngsters begin to learn about language and speech, so the sooner your child hears a sound, the better.
If your child has a hearing difficulty, utilizing a hearing aid and other communication alternatives from the start can help prevent speech delays and complications.
If you suspect your child is having trouble hearing, look out for the following signs:
• Fails to react to loud sounds
• Doesn’t detect where sound is coming from
• Doesn’t respond to voices
• Turns the TV volume louder than normal
• Responds sometimes but not other times
• Asks you to repeat yourself
• Seems as if they are not paying attention
• Speaks loudly
Hearing loss in very young children can be difficult to detect.
A variety of factors cause hearing issues in children. Hearing loss affects some children from birth, but in other cases, it develops later in life. Here are some of the causes.
Congenital hearing loss
The most common causes of congenital hearing loss include:
• Certain infections during pregnancy
• Premature birth
• Maternal diabetes
• Ear malformation
It isn’t always possible to determine the cause of congenital hearing loss.
Acquired hearing loss
Hearing loss can strike at any point in your life. An accident or disease is a frequent cause. Acquired hearing loss can be the result of:
• A serious brain injury
• Repeated ear infections
• Perforated ear drum
• Fluid buildup in the middle ear
• Certain infections (meningitis, chickenpox, and measles)
• Certain medical conditions (Meniere’s disease)
Our team works to determine the underlying cause of your child’s hearing problems.
If your child is having trouble hearing, the next step is to have your child’s hearing tested by a professional who specializes in hearing health and solutions.
To get started, schedule a visit with one of our providers by calling the office nearest you. We serve patients from Thibodaux LA, Houma LA, Raceland LA, Morgan City LA, New Iberia LA, and Youngsville LA, and surrounding areas