Over 30,000 Children in America are born each year with Hearing Loss.
What is Hearing Loss? How do I know? What do I do? Where do I go? How can I help my child?
What is it and how do I know?
It CAN Happen to Your Child.
Here's what YOU need to know.
- Newborn hearing screenings are mandated in most states, however, it's your job as the parent to ensure the test is administered.
- 50% of children diagnosed with hearing loss at birth will go unserved after they leave the hospital.
- Even if your child passes, regular screenings annually are recommended.
- Progressive Hearing Loss (late onset) is undetected, or not detected, at birth.
- Progressive Hearing Loss Usually shows up after the age of 2.
- Causes of Pediatric Hearing Loss: Medications, Ear infections, Genetics, other disabilities
- Over 200 Medications prescribed by a physician can cause hearing loss.
VIDEO: HOW WE HEAR
(Thank you, NIH for this great video tutorial.)
MEDICAL SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN:
(From KidsHealth.org of Nemours)
- limited, poor, or no speech
- frequently inattentive
- difficulty learning
- seems to need higher TV volume
- fails to respond to conversation-level speech or answers inappropriately to speech.
FOUNDER, JAIME'S SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS:
(Mom of Lexi who was repeatedly missed. Jaime says, "Looking back, there are the obvious signs. Here are some less obvious signs and tips to decide when it's time to take your child in for a hearing evaluation.")
- Even though Lexi's birth hospital routinely screened infants, she was "missed" that day. Triple check the paperwork from your pediatrician & hospital.
- Don't delay. If you suspect ANYTHING, see your pediatrician. INSIST on a hearing test at a University Hospital Audiology Program.
- No speech? Something isn't right.
- Your child isn't responding to the dog barking, the doorbell? Request a hearing test!
- Looking back at photos, Lexi "looked" like she wanted to say something. She never did. I should have done something sooner.
- Doctors tell you it's fine...trust your gut. You are their parent! YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD.
- a Hearing Test costs on average $300 for the insurance company. DO IT.
How can I get my child a Hearing Test?
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What is a HEARING TEST?
How do I make an appointment?
1. Call your child's pediatrician.
2. Insist on a referral. At times, pediatricians will recommend "let's wait." Don't. Insist on a referral.
3. Call your insurance company and make sure they cover this service. (Often this is covered.)
4. For children, we recommend a university system in your area because they always serve children. Many local audiology clinics do not, however, there are some who do. Young children must be seen at a major medical system. (See below).
5. What should I expect? Often a wait. Be patient. Take snacks. Be prepared for the news that your child has hearing loss. Take a friend or family member with you.
Where do I go for an appointment?
1. Visit Cochlear Americas' clinic finder for a qualified Audiologist near you. (Make sure you verify that they do see children.)
Here is a list of our partners by STATE (organizations we've built a relationship and/or partnered; there are other great centers, but we know these programs and their people personally and will also attest for their impeccable customer service.)
To become a preferred clinic, email Jaime Vernon.
So here you are, tweens and teen years. Navigating social kind of surprised us, even with prior knowledge that it's coming. These are ten tips from founder Jaime and her cochlear implant daughter, Lexi. Share, print, save.
A quick tip sheet for teachers and coaches who lead youth with hearing loss. Info from classroom placement to using FM systems.