Hearing Loss in Children
Did you know that Hearing Loss in children is closely connected to the development of a child’s brain? Managing hearing loss during the growing years is important and HAC helps in early detection of hearing loss.
Meet HAC’s certified audiologists along with your child. We will help you and the child learn what a hearing aid can do and its benefits. Properly working hearing aids and its consistent use helps children develop good speech language skills, to live a full life.
DEVELOPMENT OF BRAIN IN A CHILD
Most children with hearing loss are born to parents with normal hearing and the entire family learns about coping with hearing loss in children. Whether the child has had hearing loss at birth or later in childhood, getting the right solution as early as possible helps the child keep up with other kids.
What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?
The causes of Hearing Loss in children include:
Middle ear infection (Otitis Media)
Since the tubes that connect the middle ear to the nose aren’t fully formed in children, fluid can build up behind the eardrum. Even if there is no pain or infection, the fluid can affect hearing if it stays there. In severe and long-lasting cases, otitis media can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Problems at birth
Hearing loss in children can be genetic, happen during pregnancy or from prenatal care. Even if a pregnant woman has a health problem or when a baby is born prematurely, hearing loss can occur.
Illness or injury
Young children can lose their hearing after illnesses or severe fever. Besides, head injuries, very loud noises, and some medications can also cause hearing loss.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Children
- Not reacting to loud noises
- Not responding to your voice
- Making simple sounds that taper off
Symptoms of Middle Ear Infection in Children
- Pulling or rub an ear
- Be constantly cranky for no clear reason
- Stop paying attention and have little energy
- Not understand directions
- Often ask for the TV or radio to be louder
- Have a fever
- Have ear pain
COMPREHENSIVE DIAGNOSIS AND SOLUTIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS
Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials(CAEP)
CAEP refers to small electrical signals produced by the hearing pathways in the brain whose response is measured and recorded from the surface of the head. Different speech sounds (like ‘m’, ‘g’ and ‘t’) are presented through a loudspeaker at a range of levels. Responses to the sounds are recorded from the surface of the head via electrodes and analyzed on a computer.
Additional Tests done at HAC for Hearing loss in Children
How does it help?
Judging whether hearing aids have been fitted and adjusted optimally in infants and children is difficult. CAEP helps in testing hearing at normal spoken levels without requiring an active behavioural response.
Will it hurt the baby/child or their brain?
It is quite safe since only the activity that is happening in the baby’s/child’s head is measured.
HAC also offers several additional testing facilites for Hearing loss in Children. We welcome you to contact us to for further enquiries or clearing your doubts.