Pediatric Hearing Loss

Davis Family Hearing is equipped to test all ages of children, including newborns. Before the age of 5 is considered the critical age for acquiring speech and language. If a child has a hearing loss, speech and language development will be delayed and overall learning will be negatively impacted. If you have any questions about your child’s hearing, Davis Family Hearing is here to help. We are a full-service audiology clinic with a kid-friendly environment, and we will answer your questions and guide you through any treatment that may be necessary. Whether your visit is for a hearing test, for ear infections, or for hearing aids or cochlear implants, we are here to take care of you and your child. Davis Family Hearing’s doctors are patient, friendly, and will provide a calm environment where you can learn about your child’s hearing and learning needs.

If you suspect your child is having difficulty hearing, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Delaying can have a strong effect on a child’s learning and development.

What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

There are three main causes of hearing loss in children. Congenital factors contribute to children who are born with hearing problems because of genetic issues, prenatal problems, or premature birth.

Otitis media (ear infection) is a very common childhood ailment that occurs when fluid accumulates in the middle ear. This can cause difficulty hearing and, in severe cases, may lead to permanent hearing damage. Acquired hearing loss is triggered by illnesses, physical trauma, exposure to loud noises, and medications.

What Are the Symptoms?  

How can you tell if your child might have a hearing loss? There are a number of signs that should prompt you to have your child’s hearing tested ASAP. These include:

  • A delay in speech and language.
  • Failure to respond to loud noises or your voice.
  • Poor academic performance.
  • Frequent ear infections.
  • Disorders associated with hearing loss (i.e. Down syndrome or autism).
  • Family history of hearing loss.

What Are the Diagnostic Tests Offered at Davis Family Hearing?

  • Complete Audiological Evaluations
  • Conditioned Play Audiometry
  • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry
  • Hearing Aid Evaluations
  • Cochlear Implant Evaluations
  • Bone Anchored Instrument Evaluations
  • Middle Ear Measures
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Auditory Brainstem Response Testing
  • Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluations
  • Tinnitus Evaluations
  • Balance and Vestibular Evaluations

Treating Hearing Loss in Children

There are numerous options for treating hearing loss in children, depending upon the type and severity of their condition. Your child’s doctor may take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to otitis media; chronic cases may be treated with medications or ear tubes that are inserted surgically and allow fluid to drain from the ears.

Permanent hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other hearing devices that enable a child to communicate.

The earlier you act, the less chance of your child experiencing speech of learning difficulties as the result of a hearing impairment.

Call Davis Family Hearing at (800) 610-0399 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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