As a parent, you want your child to grow up strong, happy, and healthy. Hearing loss can ruin 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 will 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
At Hear Pure, our single goal is to help your child reconnect with your life through custom hearing treatment plans and support. Unlike others, we take a unique approach, based on your specific type and degree of hearing loss according to your child’s age. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here. Hearing loss in a baby/child/teen is unique, and your precious loved one deserve a solution that is equally singular.
BABY HEAR LOSS AND SOLUTIONS
Causes of Baby 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 SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR BABY:
Cochlear Implants: For some children, cochlear implants are the right solution. In this situation, a small electronic device is installed – one portion is surgically implanted in the ear canal and the other sits behind the hear on the head. Appropriate for children as young as one year, this solution does not provide full hearing, but can give those with severe or profound hearing loss a sense of sound.
Hearing Aids: Hearing aids can provide full hearing for children as young as one month. Mild, moderate, severe, and profound hearing loss can all be treated with hearing aids. Dr Mahmood can determine the ideal style and type of hearing aid to treat your child’s hearing loss
Hearing Aids for your Baby:
If your baby is suffering from hearing loss, a hearing aid will help him or her hear what is going on in the world around them. Our selection of hearing aids for babies helps ensure that they are able to explore their world, develop speech and language skills, and begin socialising normally.
Oticon offers unique technology embedded in their hearing aids for babies called BrainHearing™ technology, which is designed to ensure your child enjoys clearer, more consistent amplification, delivers access to the important details in speech sounds, and supports your child’s brain in making sense of the sounds they hear and ordering those sounds logically.
Of course, hearing aids for babies are different from those used with older children, teens, or adults. For instance, steps will need to be taken to ensure that the hearing aid remains firmly affixed, such as an Oticon Safe-Line retainer. You will also need to ensure that the batteries remain charged. Babies, unlike older children or teens, cannot tell you when the battery is dead. LED signalling lights on the hearing aid alert you to the charge level.
CHILDREN HEAR LOSS AND SOLUTIONS
Causes of Children 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.
HEARING SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR CHILD:
Determining whether your child suffers from hearing loss can be difficult. Children do not perform well in hearing tests designed for adults, so special accommodations must be made. 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 babies, 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.
Hearing Aids for your Child:
As children grow, they constantly learn and change. They’re evaluating one another, their environments, their teachers, their friends, and themselves. The ability to hear accurately is vital during childhood – hearing loss can lead to poor social development, a lack of language skills, difficulty making friends, poor performance in school, and other negative outcomes
At Hear Pure Kids, our team of experts offers hearing aids for children specially designed for ages six to 12. These hearing aids not only help capture and amplify sound, but they can do so much more. They fit comfortably, while being less visible than older models. They are more durable than ever, able to handle rough play, and some advanced models even offer Bluetooth connectivity, allowing children to wirelessly connect to devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and TVs.
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.
HEARING SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR TEEN:
For many teens, improving hearing loss will require the use of a hearing aid. At Hear Pure Kids, our team can offer access to many different hearing aid types and styles in order to ensure that your teen receives the ideal solution to his or her needs.
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
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
Hearing Aids for your Teen:
During their teen years, your child forges even closer relationships with friends, goes through mood swings, and begins to figure out who they are as an individual. It’s never been more critical for them to hear the world around them, and our selection of hearing aids for teens help ensure they’re able to enjoy a normal, healthy life
In addition to reliable sound amplification, hearing aids for teens also provide unique ways of connecting with their changing world. For instance, FM systems can allow your teen to take part in classes taught in auditoriums and similar environments. Bluetooth connectivity allows them to interact with lessons, content, and even friends through smartphones and tablet computers, and more.
If you would like to book an appointment, you can book a FREE Hearing Consultation on our diary system here or you can call our Head Office on 01244 311142. We look forward to helping you.
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- 1 Church St, Wilmslow SK9 1AX
- 38 Harbourne Road, Birmingham
- 47 Rotney Street, Liverpool.
- Colne Road, Burnley
- Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
- Parkhead Consultancy, Sheffield
- Times Medical Center, Wolverhampton