Hearing Loss Symptoms in Children: a Parent’s Guide

Hearing Loss Symptoms in Children: A Parent’s Guide

Hearing loss symptoms in children? The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association estimates that about 15 million children in the United States are living with hearing loss. As a parent, how can you tell if your child is one of them? This blog post will go over the most common symptoms of hearing loss in children. 

What Are the Common Hearing Loss Symptoms in Children

  • Muffled Hearing – Hearing sounds as if they are coming from a distance. Or someone speaking with their hand over their mouth.
  • Hearing Loss in One Ear. –  If your child consistently has the need to use one ear over another. When they turn their head or holds an arm up. It could be that they have a hearing loss in just one of their ears.
  • Speech Delay – Children with hearing loss may have trouble picking up on the difference. Between certain sounds such as “r” and “l”.
  • Speech Misunderstanding -They also might misunderstand what is being said. For instance, they might think you asked them to clean their room. When really you wanted them to do is to turn off a light switch. 

Here Are the Other Most Common Symptoms. And if Your Child Has It, Be Sure to Have Them Evaluated for Hearing Loss.

  • Lack of Interest in Conversation – It could also mean that they don’t hear well enough. But you might notice a lack of interest in conversations or even playing with other children. This can be a big sign of hearing loss in children.
  • Increased Need to Cough – Some kids who have hearing difficulties may also need to take more breaks. During the day or cough from time to time, especially if they are constantly being exposed to loud noises.
  • Limited Language Development  -Hearing loss in children can also lead to limited language development and speech delays, so it is important for parents to take this into account as well.

There are a lot of ways that you can tell if your child is experiencing hearing loss.  This article discussed the most common symptoms. And what they might mean for your child’s development. So it may be helpful to read through this guide before making any judgments about whether or not their behavior warrants an evaluation with a medical professional.

By Geoffrey Gilles

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