Your Child's Hearing
Understanding your child’s hearing loss.
Knowing how we hear can help you better understand what your child is dealing with. Hearing is fundamental to a child’s speech development. If you have any doubt about your child’s hearing it’s best to get them a hearing test as soon as possible. Learn more about hearing loss symptoms.
A child’s ability to talk and communicate depends on their ability to hear.
A lack of age-appropriate language skills is a common symptom of hearing loss. Hearing problems in children can develop before, during, and after birth — and manifest in younger or older children. Hearing and perceiving acoustic signals are necessary for speech and language development. Intellectual and personal development is closely linked to good hearing.
So make sure you and your child give it the attention it deserves.
For a solid start in life, diagnose and treat kids with hearing loss at an early stage.
Symptoms of hearing loss in children.
If you think your child might have a hearing problem, answering these questions will help:
- Are your child’s language skills delayed or not age-appropriate?
- Does your child have trouble understanding speech correctly?
- Is your child unresponsive to loud sounds or do they sleep through them?
- Does your child have difficulties imitating sounds?
- Is your child unable to locate where a sound is coming from?
- Do you feel that your child withdraws in group settings?
- Has your child had frequent ear infections?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a chance that your child may have some degree of hearing loss. Even if your responses don’t indicate a hearing deficiency in your child, have a hearing test conducted by a hearing care professional if you still have concerns. It is important to address your child’s potential hearing loss quickly in order to avoid difficulties in language acquisition and learning. The earlier it is diagnosed, the sooner appropriate intervention measures can be taken.
The best way to tackle any health issue is to learn more about it. The more informed you and your child are, the better equipped your family will be to make decisions about pursuing next steps. With the advice of a hearing care professional and modern digital hearing aid technology, hearing aids are easy for children and teens to use and maintain. We encourage you to explore the rest of this section to gain insight into why hearing loss shouldn’t be ignored and how it can affect every aspect of you and your child’s life. You’ll learn more about causes of hearing loss in children and what solutions are available. Ready to find a solution?