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Guide To Hearing Loss In Children

Jan 19, 2008
Most people think that hearing loss only affects those of old age. It is affecting more children than ever. Children are found to experience hearing problems even from a very young age.

Type of hearing loss

The most common type of hearing loss among children is called sensorineural which occurs due to damage of the inner ear. The damage can be caused by an infection, injury or most commonly, through exposure to loud noise. This type of damage cannot be repaired.

Although sensorineural hearing loss cannot improve, it doesn't get worse either. The person has difficulty hearing softer sounds which can impair the ability to comprehend speech. This type of hearing loss can be corrected by using hearing aids. The other types of hearing loss are conductive and mixed. Conductive hearing loss occurs when the sound cannot be conducted through to the inner ear. Surgery can usually correct this type of hearing loss. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

What causes hearing loss in children

Most types of hearing loss is not genetic but is noise-induced, brought on through outside noise that is too loud. There are noises that you have no control over and then there are noises that you create yourself.

Loud music, particularly music played directly into the ear via earbuds, is one way that kids are getting exposed to noise that can damage the ears. A recent study in Australia found that children as young as three have shown signs of permanent hearing loss due to listening to loud music. Do you know that listening to music that is too loud for more than 5 to 10 minutes can produce hearing damage? Shocking but true.

Another similar cause of hearing loss is playing musical instruments too loudly. It is found that playing and practicing in a school band or orchestra can actually cause hearing loss. This is true when the music is practiced in an enclosed area. The National Association for Music Education (MENC) even issued a statement that educators need to recognize music as a cause of noise-induced hearing loss.

How can this be resolved?

You can educate your children about the dangers of hearing loss caused by loud noises. Prevention is better than cure. Teach them how to protect their hearing.

Determine safe volume guidelines to be followed when listening with headphones or similar devices. Make sure your children adhere to these guidelines by checking on them regularly.

If your child is exposed to any loud noises such as when mowing lawn or playing in a band, make sure you tell them to wear earplugs.

The lesson here is to be forewarned. Use precautions and common sense to set limits for children. Teach them the importance of taking care of their hearing and help them understand when noise levels are too loud.
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Hearing aids can be used for some types of hearing loss in children. Behind the ear hearing aids are the most commonly used by children with hearing problems. Check out our hearing aid reviews and resources at www.abouthearingaid.com/home
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