WHAT IS HEARING IMPAIRMENT?
A hearing impairment is a hearing loss that prevents a child from totally receiving sounds through the ear. Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe or profound. It can affect one ear or both ears, and leads to difficulty in hearing conversational speech or loud sounds.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
For a child, hearing and speech are essential tools of learning, playing and developing social skills.The signs and symptoms of hearing loss are different for each child.
Symptoms in babies-
Symptoms in older children-
WHY IS HEARING IMPAIRMENT CAUSED?
Congenital causes of hearing impairment in children are-
Acquired causes may lead to hearing loss at any age, such as-
WHO IS AT THE RISK?
Babies with one or more of these risk factors are more likely to have hearing loss.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Early detection and intervention are crucial to minimizing the impact of hearing loss on a child’s development and educational achievements. The type of tests used to diagnose hearing loss depends on the age of the child, but can include-
HOW IS IT MANAGED?
In infants and young children with hearing loss, early identification and management through infant hearing screening programmes can improve the linguistic and educational outcomes for the child. They can benefit from-
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?
Babies and children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, communicate and act. A delay in any of these milestones could be a sign of hearing loss or other developmental problem. All babies should have a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age. Children should have their hearing tested before they enter school or any time there is a concern about the child’s hearing.
WHERE CAN THEY BE TAKEN CARE OF?
At HCRA, our dedicated team works on the comprehensive alternate communication methods, speech therapy and the parents are also completely involved. We also get donors and sponsors for hearing aids and implants.