Childhood Hearing Loss
The most important period for language and speech development is generally regarded as the first 3 years of life. It is important that hearing impairment be recognized as early in life as possible so that the child can enjoy normal social development.
The primary justification for early identification of hearing impairment in infants relates to the impact of hearing impairment on speech and language acquisition, academic achievement, and social/emotional development. If a child is hard of hearing or deaf at birth or experiences hearing loss in infancy or early childhood, it is likely that child will not receive adequate auditory, linguistic, and social stimulation requisite to speech and language learning, social and emotional development and that family functioning will suffer. The goal of early identification and intervention is to minimize or prevent these adverse effects.
Two to three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing.
95% of all newborns born in the United States are screened for hearing loss shortly after birth.
20% to 30% of childhood hearing loss is caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.
More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
Five out of 6 children experience an ear infection (otitis media) by the time they are 3 years old.
Testing for Children
We understand your apprehension. Our goal is to provide superior hearing healthcare to our youngest patients in a warm, supportive environment. Our audiological consultations, analysis, and treatment are highly individualized to meet the needs of both your child and family. We are able to accept all pediatric patients aged 5 years old and older.