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You are here : home > Child's Healthcare > Childhood illnesses and medical conditions > Hearing Impairment

Hearing Impairment

Does your child exhibit one or more of these traits? He just might be at risk for hearing loss. 

If you answer YES to the above question, please consult your paediatrician, family doctor, or ENT Specialist who deals with hearing loss in children and who would be able to provide you with more information and guide you to get a complete hearing evaluation for your child. This will enable you to detect any hearing or speech problems in your child at a very young age. If there is parent/caregiver concern regarding your child's hearing abilities despite medical opinion that suggests otherwise, please get your child's hearing tested, even though you feel it may not be necessary. After all, it does not hurt, does it? If you notice that your child does not seem to hear soft sounds, or understand simple words clearly, your should have your child's hearing tested accurately (not just with a rattle/bunch of keys/ by clapping/banging the table or utensils!) 

The 'high risk factors' that essentially indicate whether your child is at risk for hearing loss, are as follows:

  1. Infection or illness during pregnancy (Rubella, Herpes, Syphilis, Cytomegalovirus, Toxoplasmosis, etc)
  2. Drug, nicotine, or alcohol consumption during pregnancy
  3. Low birth weight (Less than 1500 gms or 3.5lbs)
  4. Premature birth requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation or 'high forceps' delivery
  5. Severe asphyxia (If your child did not cry immediately after birth resulting in lack of oxygen at birth)
  6. Low APGAR scores
  7. Ototoxic medications
  8. Malformations of the head, neck, face or ears
  9. Jaundice at birth with a high bilirubin level requiring exchange transfusion. Blood group complications or Rh incompatibility
  10. Family history or permanent or progressively worsening hearing loss in childhood
  11. Bacterial Meningitis
  12. Head trauma (Skull fracture, sharp blow to the head or ears, exposure to sudden loud noises, and objects accidently inserted into ears causing damage)
  13. Any syndrome known to be associated with a hearing loss (Down's syndrome, Waardenburg's syndrome, etc.)
  14. Chronic middle ear infections with persistent fluid in the ears for more than three months
  15. Childhood infectious diseases (Measles, mumps, Flu, viral pneumonia, etc.)
  16. Consanguineous marriage (Marriage amongst close relatives)
  17. Parent or caregiver concern. Parents usually suspect a hearing loss months before the doctor does.


There are tests that can detect and diagnose a hearing problem at any age - right from the first day of a child's life. These tests should be done by a trained Audiologist who has experience in working with children. Even if your child has a mild difficulty with hearing, she could have trouble learning to speak properly. Your child may also have problems with learning concepts at school because of her inability to hear clearly. Your child may demonstrate behaviour problems that may be a result of her inability to hear properly. Thus, it is imperative to observe a child's behaviour carefully from the onset, so that if you notice anything that could be a cause for concern, you could get it corrected at the onset, and prevent possible future complications.
 

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Sheik.3 years ago
Dear All

My sister is an Hearing Impaired child from birth and she is now 10 years old. Can anyone suggest me a good Speech and Language development centre in Chennai.
 
 
 
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parents should keep in mind that hearing loss can occur at any age.it is not only to elderly people.some children are born with,some develop immediately after birth and some latermay b in the schoolage,or college age.hence please donot wait and watch if you suspect the hearing problem in your child
 
 
 
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pooja khera.7 years ago
in this article you should have mentioned that for very young babies say 6 months of age, how can parents see that their child is hearing well.
 
 
 
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prina shah.7 years ago
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date 09june2004

ref : hearing loss regarding my daughter she is 12 .


this is to inform you that my daughter prina shah she is having a moderate hearing loss from birth and she is wearing hearing aid , we have tried all the test which is possible and the doctor says that the nerve that goes into the brain is bit damaged , so could you please help me regarding my daughter , as what can be done .


well i am ready to send you all the documents that is required and i am willing to do all the test that is required which you feel , please let me know .
i can visit you if there are any chances of improvement please let me know in advance as i have to fly from united kingdom and need to make arrangement for the travelling and her school .

my name
rajesh shah
37 the larches
palmers green
london
n13 5 au
tele
work : 0044 0208 478 8454
resi : 0044 0208 886 3033
fax : 0044 0208 514 6998
email : prina1991 @ yahoo.co.uk

hoping to hear from you as soon as possible .


thanking you


yours faithfully



raju shah
 
 
 
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chico obi.7 years ago
am already hera ooooooooooo boys take away from this siteooooooo
 
 
 
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im samsudin k. langaig i have hearing loss my right ear is already block.it can never hear.please for those who have good heart pls help me.im 26.
 
 
 
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