Hearing Loss in Children

Hearing is the foundation for communication and speech development. The first three years of life are the most critical period of language development. As such, early identification and management of hearing loss is imperative for communication success. Prevalence of hearing loss is 2 to 3 of every 1000 births. This increases to 5 of every 1000 in children 3-17 years of age.

Hearing loss may be acquired after birth for various reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to:

  • Frequent ear infections
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Ototoxic medications
  • Head Injury
  • Exposure to very loud noise
  • Family history of hearing loss

 

Signs of Hearing Loss in babies may include:

  • Does not startle to loud noises
  • Does not turn toward a sound after 6 months of age
  • Is not developing babble/single words by one year of age
  • Appears to hear some sounds but not others

 

Signs of hearing loss in children may include:

  • Delayed speech development
  • Speech is not clear
  • Turns the tv or smart device up louder than expected
  • Frequently says “huh” or “what” or asks for repeats
  • Shows significant difficulty understanding speech in noise

If you are concerned that your child is showing signs of hearing loss, it is important to have your child’s hearing tested by a pediatric audiologist. Give us a call today at 803-620-8250 to schedule an appointment.

If your child is identified to have hearing loss…

For children newly identified with hearing loss, our goal is to maximize every child’s hearing potential. A referral to an Ear, Nose & Throat physician will likely be necessary to ensure medical management of hearing loss is pursued first. However, if hearing loss cannot be treated by medical means, rest-assured that our audiologists have expertise and provide the very best in hearing healthcare.

Treatment

Our audiologists work with a variety of digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM Systems, BAHA, and other assistive listening devices.  We work closely with each family to select the most appropriate technologies to meet your child’s needs.

Providing amplification for a child with hearing loss is important for learning and development. Research tells us that the number of words and ways in which a parent speaks to a child throughout their early years significantly impacts their communication development. The following are a few specific examples of the benefits of amplification:

  • Better hearing allows improved acquisition of speech and language skills
  • Children are better equipped to learn social relationships
  • Hearing aids provide improved ability to detect from where sound is coming
  • Improved hearing fosters progress in school performance

 

Are you looking for the best in hearing healthcare for your child? Call us today at 803-620-8250 to schedule an appointment. Our audiologists are ready to assist your little one so they may achieve their best hearing and communication outcomes.

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Awards and Associations

American Academy of Audiology
American Board of Audiology
Cochlear
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dr. Kim Block

2018 Audiologist of the Year

Dr. Kim Block was awarded Outstanding Audiologist of the Year by the South Carolina Academy of Audiology in 2018. This award is given to an audiologist who...