Our hearing screener performs a general screening for hearing loss. We hope that before our screenings, most children who have congenital or severe hearing loss would have been identified at birth or at well-care pediatrician appointments.
In between checkups, it is not uncommon to have acquired or transient hearing problems. The children who fail our hearing screening usually end up having ear infections, fluid on their ears, or impacted earwax. Without treatment, ear infections can lead to permanent hearing loss. Frequent ear infections can also lead to hearing loss. Even temporary hearing loss can be detrimental to speech and language development.
Accidently mislabeling a child with hearing loss can be easy. You might think a young child is not interested in what you are saying or is flat out ignoring you. The child may be labeled as unintelligent or slow. It is important to recognize the signs of hearing loss so their root problem can be addressed.
Signs of a hearing problem in children:
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