Hearing loss is commonly overlooked by parents as a possible contributor to developmental issues in young children until it is formally diagnosed and addressed. Unfortunately, hearing loss can delay speech and language development which can lead to lack of academic achievement and even social isolation due to communication barriers.
There are multiple possible causes of hearing loss in children, including genetics. In fact, more than 50 percent of all hearing loss in children is hereditary. Many parents who are not hearing impaired are unaware that they may be carrying a recessive gene that can cause hearing loss in their children. It is also important for parents to realize hearing loss caused by genetics are not always present at birth but can present later in life.
Diseases, infections, and injuries can also cause hearing loss in children. Birth injuries and even infections as early as pregnancy can lead to hearing loss for newborns. Luckily, majority of newborns are screened before being discharged from the hospital. For babies and younger children, middle ear infections that are recurring can also damage hearing or cause transient hearing loss which is usually temporary.
The earlier hearing loss begins, the more serious, however, the earlier it is diagnosed and addressed, the better the overall outcome. If you have questions about hearing loss or feel your child may be experiencing hearing loss, contact New Generation Hearing Centers today for a free consultation!