Children’s hearing loss
Statistics on children’s hearing loss
Most children can hear perfectly fine. However, 1 to 3 newborns in 1000 are born with hearing loss in one or both ears, and 10 to 20% of childhood deafness occurs at a very young age.
Early hearing testing
The first years of life are crucial to a child’s development of communication, which is why a hearing problem must be detected as early as possible. Undetected hearing loss can lead to delays in language and speech acquisition and to social difficulties. Early hearing tests can minimize the negative effects of hearing loss.
How can you tell if your child has hearing loss?
Every child is unique and develops differently. However, delayed acquisition of certain communication skills often indicates hearing loss. Several signs point to an issue with hearing, including if the child:
- often asks people to repeat themselves,
- mixes up or mispronounces certain sounds,
- does not respond to his or her name,
- asks to turn up the volume on the television or radio,
- does not turn around or react when addressed from another room or from behind.
There are many different symptoms that may signify hearing loss. For a complete list of hearing loss indicators or if you are concerned about your child’s hearing, don’t hesitate to consult an audiologist.
Helping your deaf child
Several communication strategies can make daily life easier for a child with hearing loss. These tips can also help parents communicate better with their children.
Here are a few of them:
- Teach the child to always look at the person speaking.
- Encourage the child to ask people to repeat what was said if he or she did not understand.
- Parents should stand in a well-lit place facing the child when speaking to him or her.
- Keep ambient noise to minimum or move away from noise sources that may interfere with the child’s ability to understand a conversation.
These are just a few tips to help children with hearing loss and their family and friends. During a consultation with an audiologist, the hearing health professional will make other recommendations that are specific to the child’s needs.
To make an appointment with an audiologist at Audiosanté – Groupe Forget’s partner, find the clinic nearest you.