Hearing loss is not just an issue that affects adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, 2 to 3 of every one thousand babies are born deaf or with some amount of impaired hearing. Kids may suffer hearing loss because of congenital factors, because of a middle ear infection called otitis media, or it may be triggered by injury, loud noises, specific medications, and illnesses such as measles and chickenpox. Whatever the cause, testing hearing early is key, because the sooner any hearing problems are detected, the better the child’s chances of attaining their full educational and developmental potential.

As a parent, there are many signs of hearing problems that you should be watchful for. In babies, the key thing to look for is how the infant reacts – or doesn’t react – to sounds. Observe whether the child is startled by loud noises and turns toward the source of the sound. Also look for failure to turn the head when you call her name or reacting to some sounds and not others.

Signs of otitis media include rubbing or pulling at their ears, having fevers or earaches, becoming inattentive or listless, failing to understand instructions, and asking for the TV to be turned up louder. Other warning signs are if your child uses the words “huh?” or “what?” many times a day, has difficulty locating the source of sounds, or watches people’s faces carefully as they are speaking. Hearing loss is a serious concern. Even mild hearing loss can lead to delays in language and speech development and manifest in poor school performance.

To aid in early detection, many states have mandatory early hearing screenings. These are painless tests often performed at the hospital after birth or in public schools. There is no such thing as “too soon” when it comes to testing your children’s hearing. The sooner any conditions are found, the sooner they can be treated. We would be happy to arrange for a hearing screening for your child or children, and if any hearing problems are found, we have the expertise and resources to help solve them.

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We also accept all Avesis products for hearing services which include Molina Medicare Advantage - Health 2017 and Care N' Care Hearing 2017. We also accept all donations of used hearing aids!
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