You Could Be Overlooking Noticing the difference between when a young child doesn’t want to listen or when a child truly cannot hear you is one of the biggest difficulties faced by parents. This poses a major issue of unawareness when it comes to possible pediatric hearing loss in young children. An American study found that symptoms of hearing loss in children go undiscovered from 6 months to 1 year, on average. The lack of awareness for hearing issues in young children could be detrimental to children in the future. Here are 5 signs of hearing loss that could go unnoticed in children:
1. When speaking to your child if he/she looks at you in an intense manner they could be watching for more visual cues to understand what is being said, such as lip reading or any hand gestures.
2. Always take notice as to when your child may want to turn the TV up louder than other family members within the room.
3. If your child’s grades begin to drop, or teachers have been noticing that your child doesn’t seem to be responding as well as other students during class time.
4. If your child responds when you speak to him/her at times but doesn’t respond at other times. This sign is usually most often overlooked due to the fact that most parents think their child simply didn’t hear what was said. But, if you child doesn’t respond more often than not, it might be time to visit an audiologist.
5. Your child shifts one ear toward you while you’re speaking, or if your child complains of only being able to hear out of their “good ear.”
Recognize The Signs
While there are many more signs that could indicate an auditory problem your child may have, these are the biggest signs that go unnoticed or treated as a minor inconvenience. If you notice your child showing signs of possible pediatric hearing loss it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible. Many parents wait to get their child’s hearing checked even when the signs are present, however, detecting the issue earlier could prevent any long-term complications in the future. If you suspect that your child might have any auditory issues, contact us today and schedule a free hearing test.
Lori Cook is a Hearing Aid Specialist with over seventeen years’ experience in the hearing healthcare industry. With a bachelor of arts in psychology and a master of science in social work from the University of Texas systems, Lori has a deep sense of concern both for her patients and her community.