As a parent, you want your child to grow up strong, happy, and healthy. Hearing loss can affect those plans, leading to a wide range of negative outcomes. It can affect your child’s ability to learn how to speak, can lead to behavioural problems, and could affect their social interaction and development, as well.
Hearing loss in children can be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. It can also be congenital, meaning that your child is born with it, or it can develop later in childhood.
There’s nothing as heart-warming as seeing your child react to hearing you call their name or laugh in response to your own laughter.
Our team of health professionals delivers compassionate, accurate solutions. At Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, led by Dr Amjad Mahmood, we can help determine the degree of hearing loss your child is suffering from, and then fit them with the right hearing aid to support learning, improve self-esteem, and help them forge a bright, happy future
It doesn’t have to be that way – We are here to help
Dr Amjad Mahmood is Head of Paediatrics Hearing Care at Hear Pure. Dr Mahmood is also Head of Audiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital London – guaranteeing your child will receive the best in hearing care. Our single goal is to help your child reconnect with life through ear wax removal and custom hearing treatment plans and support. As the only Private Children’s Hearing Specialists with Clinics around the UK, we are focused on the hearing care of babies and children. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here. Hearing loss in a baby, child and teen is unique, and your precious loved one deserve a solution that is equally singular.
CHILDREN’S EAR WAX REMOVAL
- Ear Wax Removal for Children Aged 3 years and above
- Treatment is £85 for one appointment
- Repeat Treatment is £65 for a follow up appointment
- We are not an NHS clinic, we are a private clinic. All appointments must be paid for in advance
- If your child is experiencing pain or discharge, please visit your GP
- Our Clinics offer both Irrigation & Micro Suction and will use the best method to treat your child after looking in their ears
- Please ensure you pre-treat your child’s ears with Earol 5 days before their appointment
Call 01244 311142
To Book An Ear Wax Removal Appointment
For Your Child At Any Of Our Clinics
For Your Child At Any Of Our Clinics
BABY HEARING LOSS AND SOLUTIONS
Does Your Baby Have Hearing Loss?
Signs to watch for that might indicate your baby is suffering from hearing loss include the following:
- A lack of reaction to loud sounds
- Not turning toward a sound after reaching six months of age
- Not being able to form single words by one year of age
- Not responding to his or her name by one year of age
- Seems to notice some sounds but not all
Hearing Tests For Babies
ABR stands for auditory brainstem response. In this test, small electrodes are attached and a computer models how well your child’s brain and auditory nerve respond to sounds. This test can even be conducted when your child is asleep.
OAE stands for otoacoustic emissions. This test is designed to test how well your child’s inner ear respond to sound played through a small earphone. Like the ABR test, the OAE test can be administered even if your child is asleep.
CHILDREN’S HEARING LOSS AND SOLUTIONS
Causes of Child Hearing Loss?
Why does hearing loss affect children, though? Understanding hearing loss in children is the first step for parents, and there are actually several potential causes here:
- Genetics: One of the most common causes for hearing loss in children is genetic. If you or the other parent have hearing loss to any degree, there is a chance it will be passed on to your child. If any family members have hearing loss, it is possible that these genes will be passed to your child.
- Problems During Pregnancy: In some cases, hearing loss in children is caused not by genetics, but by health issues experienced by the mother during pregnancy. For instance, if you have diabetes, or develop preeclampsia during pregnancy, this can cause hearing loss in your child. Premature birth can lead to hearing loss, as can poor prenatal care.
- Ear Infections: One very common cause of hearing damage and loss in children is recurrent or severe single ear infections that lead to otitis media. In mild cases, this hearing loss may be temporary, but in serious situations, it can be permanent.
- Illnesses: Many common childhood illnesses can lead to hearing loss. For instance, something as seemingly common as the flu could leave your child with reduced hearing. Other illnesses that might affect his or her hearing include meningitis, measles, chickenpox, and encephalitis
- Injuries: Finally, injuries to the head, exposure to loud sounds, and even medication can harm your child’s hearing.
Determining whether your child suffers from hearing loss can be difficult. Children do not perform well in hearing tests designed for adults. At Hear Pure Kids, we use audiometry testing and play audiometry testing to determine whether your child has hearing loss, and what degree of hearing loss may be present.
Audiometry Testing: With Children aged 2.5 upwards, behavioural audiometry testing is the preferred option. In this scenario, sounds are played through a small earphone and your baby’s responses (or lack of response) to those sounds are analysed.
Play Audiometry: Older children can be engaged through play audiometry, which involves the use of toys and your child’s reactions to specific sounds. For instance, he or she might be told to drop a toy into a bin when they hear a specific tone. The loudness of sounds is adjusted throughout the test to determine your child’s full range of hearing.
TEEN HEAR LOSS AND SOLUTIONS
Causes of Teen Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can strike your child at any age. However, while it may be due to genetics in new-borns or babies, this is usually not the case for teens, although it could be an unrecognised congenital defect that has been there since birth. Other causes of hearing loss in teenagers include:
- Exposure to Loud Sounds: From turning headphones up too loud to being exposed to loud music at concerts, or even the sound of machinery, teens can suffer hearing damage from exposure to loud sounds. Even moderate exposure can cause long-term damage
- Ear Infections: Like children and babies, teens can suffer from ear infections which can lead to permanent damage of their hearing. This is particularly true if your teen has a history of ear infections – recurring infections can cause everything from mild to profound hearing loss.
- Autoimmune Diseases: Many autoimmune diseases can affect your teen’s hearing, including Cogan’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, ulcerative colitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis to name just a few.
- Trauma: Head trauma can lead to hearing loss. Being involved in auto accidents or injured in an altercation are just two examples – head trauma is actually more common from sports like football and rugby.
- Disease: Childhood diseases like chickenpox and meningitis can lead to hearing loss. Even something like the flu can affect your teen’s ability to hear.
Many factors must be considered when choosing a hearing aid, particularly for a teen. Social acceptance is very important at this age, and bulky, highly-visible hearing aids may make your teen very self-conscious and uncomfortable. Because of that, we can offer many low-profile hearing aid models, as well as those designed to be virtually invisible. Our goal is to help your teen improve his or her hearing, and we understand that sometimes hearing aids can carry a stigma. We will work with you to find the right hearing aid to fit your child’s:
- Degree of Hearing Loss
- Hearing Loss Type
- Lifestyle and Activity Level
- Degree of Self-Consciousness
From in-the-ear to behind-the-ear, IRIC, and everything in between, our compassionate team offers the solution your teen needs to enjoy a happy, healthy life. Contact us today to schedule a hearing assessment.
Hear Pure – Your Baby & Child’s Premier Hearing & Ear Wax Removal Service
Contact Us Today 01244 311142
Here Is A List Of All Our Clinics Below:
- BIRMINGHAM 38 Harborne Rd, B15 3HE (Saturday Fortnightly)
- BURNLEY Just Health, 156 Colne Road, BB10 1DT (Saturday Monthly)
- DERBY Wellbeing Clinic, Wentworth House, 1 Vernongate, DE1 1UR (Friday Monthly)
- LEEDS Phoenix Health & Wellbeing, 30 Park Place, LEEDS, LS1 2SP
- NORTHAMPTON Oxford St Therapy Centre, 18 Oxford St, Wellingborough, NN8 4NY (Friday Monthly)
- NOTTINGHAM Palmer House, Pelham Court, 2 Pelham Rd, NG5 1AP (Thursday Monthly)
- SHEFFIELD Parkhead Consultancy, 356 Eccleshall Rd South, S11 9PU (Tuesday Monthly)
- TEESIDE Belasis Hall Technology Pk, Coxwold Way, Billingham, TS23 4EA (Friday Monthly)
- WILMSLOW 1 Church St, SK9 1AX (Last Saturday Monthly)