Approximately 3 in every 100 children in the United States alone are born with some degree of hearing loss, and even more of them will experience some loss of hearing as they get older, which is why it is so important that all parents are able to spot the tell-tale signs of such an issue.
Although it can sometimes be difficult to notice when a child -especially a child who has learned to talk – is experiencing problems with their hearing, here are a few things that if you notice them could indicate a problem that will require a visit to the local ENT:
Not Always Responding
If you notice that your child often responds when you call him or you’re having conversation, but that quite often they do not, it could be a sign that one or both of their ears is not working as it should and they may only be able to hear you if they’re on your left or understand what you’re saying when you’re right in front of them. If they are already dealing with hearing loss, it could be that their hearing aid needs a repair – you can learn more about that here – and you will need to organize that as soon as possible for the good of their ears. Never assume your child is just being rude and ignoring you when it could be something far more serious!
They Turn the Volume Up
A child who turns the volume on the TV or stereo up far louder than the rest of the family would like or ear even able to tolerate, needs to be investigated further because they could actually have difficulty hearing what’s being said rather than being a typical kid who likes things loud. So, at the very least, question them to see why they turn the volume up so much.
Their Grades Slip
Unfortunately, a lot of children who suffer from hearing loss end up falling behind at school because they simply can not hear all of the instructions the teachers give and they are less likely to respond in class to the extent that other children do. It could be that something else is going on to make them fall behind but if you even remotely suspect that their ears could be the problem, you really do need to get that checked out – you can find good ENT’s here. The longer you leave it, not only the further they’ll fall behind, but also the more their hearing might deteriorate.
They Start Shouting
If your child starts shouting or at least talking louder than they ever did before, it could be that they can’t hear properly and that is driving their behavior. We all know that shouting louder won’t help us to hear better, but most of us do it, don’t we? Our kids are no different and if you notice this kind of change, you really do need to get them checked out by a hearing specialist.
If you notice any of these warning signs, get your child checked out because there is so much that can be done to help them get by if they are suffering from hearing loss.
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