Hearing Health In Children

Over three (3) million kids under the age of eighteen (18) have some level and form of hearing loss including 4 out of every thousand infants. So, every parent and caregiver should be careful and vigilant in recognizing any indication of hearing loss in his/her child or infant and seek an expert medical diagnosis. Hearing loss will most certainly increase the risk associated with development delays in speech and language.

Here are some indicators for hearing loss:

newborns (birth to 28 days of age):

  • Weighed less than 3.5 pounds at birth.
  • Has an unusual appearance of the face or ears.
  • Was jaundiced (yellow skin) at birth and had an exchange blood transfusion.
  • Was in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for more than five days.
  • Received an antibiotic medication given through a needle in a vein.
  • Had meningitis.
  • Failed newborn hearing screening test.

Infant (29 days to 2 years)

  • Received an antibiotic medication given through a needle in a vein.
  • Had meningitis.
  • Has a neurological disorder.
  • Had a severe injury with a fracture of the skull with or without bleeding from the ear.
  • Has recurring ear infections with fluid in ears for more than three months.