Children can have either temporary or permanent hearing loss. Temporary hearing loss can be caused by colds, ear infections, glue ear or a stray piece of Lego. All of these can be treated by a GP.
You can ask yourself, if your child:
- is delayed with language development?
- ignores loud sounds and being called out to?
- has low attention span and learning difficulties?
- complains of noises in ears and head?
- often needs you to repeat yourself?
- needs the volume up loud on the tv?
- can’t hear conversations on the phone or in noisy environments?
Children who are diagnosed as having permanent hearing loss need early intervention to have a good chance at developing language skills. Starting as early as six months on improving their hearing using hearing aids, cochlear implants or bone conduction implants and a special education program will give them the best start in life.
After conducting diagnostic testing on your child the Hearing Club will guide you through the best options for your child, including referrals to an ear nose and throat specialist, and support you over your child’s lifetime of hearing improvement.
For an in depth article on hearing tests for young children, read our article here.