According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, as many as three million children have hearing loss. Oftentimes family members are the first to notice something is amiss with their infant. There are a few signs that your infant may have some hearing loss. If he or she does not

  • look in the direction of your voice
  • startle, move, or cry when there is an unexpected noise
  • awaken to loud noises
  • babble or imitate sounds

it may be time to see your ENT professional. A hearing specialist will be able to test for hearing loss even in very young children and determine if it is a temporary loss due to water, ear wax, infection, or excess middle ear fluid or if the hearing loss might be permanent as a result of nerve damage or other condition.

In the case of a temporary problem, children can most often be treated through medicine or simple surgery. With permanent issues, early diagnosis is key. Children as young as three months old can be fitted with a hearing aid, which will help with language development. If you suspect you child may have hearing loss, contact us to make an appointment.

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