A hearing loss can happen when any part of the ear is not working in the usual way. This includes the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, hearing (acoustic) nerve, and auditory system. Hearing screening can tell if a child might have hearing loss. Hearing screening is easy and is not painful. In fact, babies are often asleep while being screened. It takes a very short time usually only a few minutes. A genetic cause: About 1 out of 2 cases of hearing loss in babies is due to genetic causes. Some babies with a genetic cause for their hearing loss might have family members who also have a hearing loss.
The signs and symptoms of hearing loss are different for each child. If you think that your child might have hearing loss, ask the child?s doctor for a hearing screening as soon as possible. Patients having early hearing detection do not startle at loud noises, do not turn on to the source of a sound after 6 months of age, speech is delayed and not clear.
No single treatment or intervention is the answer for every child or family. Good intervention plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups and any changes needed along the way. There are many different options for children with hearing loss and their families. Some of the treatment and intervention options include: working with a professional (or team) who can help a child and family learn to communicate.