Hearing loss is a signifi cant and growing public health issue – for people of all ages. One in 5 children ages 12 – 19 is suff ering from hearing loss, an increase of 31% since the late 1980s/early 1990s. This is a trend that coincides with skyrocketing use of personal audio technology. Hearing loss can be present at birth or acquired. Although newborn hearing screening is widespread in the United States, hearing issues may develop after children leave the hospital. They also may result from ear infections, other illnesses such as chicken pox or infl uenza, head injury, or noise exposure. Therefore, parents should be attuned to the early signs of hearing loss even if their child passes a newborn hearing screening in the hospital. Left untreated, hearing loss in children can have a negative impact on their speech and language development, communication, and learning. This can impact social success, academic development, and future vocational choices. In children, parents should watch for the following signs of hearing loss:
• Lack of attention to sounds
• Failure to follow simple directions
• Failure to respond when his/her name is called
• Delays in speech and language development
• Pulling or scratching at his/her ears
• Diffi culty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
• Social isolation and feeling unhappy in school
• Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to
loud noise (regular and constant listening
to electronics at high volumes).
For more information about hearing loss in children or to schedule a hearing assessment with Debbie Gamache, contact The Hearing Center LLC at 931-393-2051.
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