The Tell-Tale Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

 

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Hearing loss in kids can be challenging to notice. This is especially true if the loss is mild or if your child has developed coping mechanisms to deal with the issue.

However, undiagnosed hearing difficulty in children can have far-reaching consequences. For instance, it can hinder a child’s performance in school as well as their social development.

If you are concerned about your kid’s hearing, here are a few things to watch out for.

 

What Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

Noise exposure is generally the leading cause of hearing loss. Often, it is years of continuous exposure to loud sounds that lead to hearing difficulties. Therefore, one can understand why you might not expect young kids with minimal noise exposure to experience hearing loss.

However, quite a few other factors cause hearing problems, and some of them affect children. 

Temporary hearing loss can be caused by earwax build-up or accumulation of mucus in the ears. A child who has had several bouts of ear infections is also susceptible to temporary hearing loss. Additionally, if a foreign object is lodged in the ear, it might cause an obstruction, leading to temporary hearing loss.

On the other hand, permanent hearing loss can result from a genetic disorder that affects the development of the ear. Some diseases, like rubella, can also cause permanent damage to the ear. 

If you expose a young baby to deafening noises, even for brief periods, you may cause irreversible damage to their ears. Accidents that cause skull fractures or concussions can also lead to permanent hearing impairment.

 

How To Tell When a Child Has Hearing Loss

When kids are young, it can be pretty difficult to tell whether they have a hearing issue. This is particularly true for kids who can’t yet speak. However, you can watch out for missed developmental milestones to determine if your child has hearing difficulties.

For instance, an infant who does not respond to sudden loud noises might have a hearing problem. If the child cannot identify their caregivers’ voice by six months, it points to a possible hearing issue. A child who cannot string simple words together by the age of two might also need to see an audiologist.

You can also tell that a child has hearing difficulties if:

  • They ask you to repeat things often
  • They watch what you say so they can better understand you
  • They report having a good ear 
  • They talk louder than they did in the past
  • They request that you turn up the TV volume so that they can hear
  • They experience a sudden dip in their academic performance
  • They mispronounce words and are prone to mishearing

 

How to Help A Child With Hearing Loss

If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing, you should book an audiology appointment. The audiologist will conduct some tests to determine whether your kid has any difficulties. Then they will prescribe measures to alleviate the condition.

 

Conclusion

Nothing quite compares to the peace of mind a parent enjoys from knowing that their kid is healthy and safe. If you have a nagging feeling about your child’s hearing, you ought to act promptly. The same applies to a child who is showing any of the signs on this post.

As with any condition, early diagnosis of hearing loss leads to more efficient interventions. Don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment. Your child will thank you for it.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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More families than ever before are heading to the sunshine state, let’s explore some reasons why, below.

There are numerous regions and areas to choose from

Whether you’re looking for distinct residences in the Boca Raton area, or you’re looking for a community with a more relaxed lifestyle such as Lighthouse Point, Florida has a region to suit any and every lifestyle. As Florida is an incredibly diverse state, with contrasting landscapes, communities, and styles, you’ll have no trouble matching your criteria to your dream home and region. Whether it’s schools and education that’s important to you right now, or you want to live in an area that has leisure and entertainment at its heart, the volume of choice means families and individuals alike are more likely to find their dream home in the Sunshine State.

Florida properties are family-friendly

Did you know that you can get a lot more for your money in Florida? You may be impressed with what your savings can get you here. Properties in the sunshine state are also incredibly spacious, and designed with families and entertainment in mind – what’s more, your dream home could be within walking distance of one of Florida’s glorious beaches or boast its very own swimming pool. Pools are considered mandatory for many residents! So, if you’ve always wanted to teach your children to swim, there’s no better way to learn.

Perpetual Sunshine

Of course, the climate in Florida is perhaps its biggest draw. And the heat isn’t just great for those wanting to top up their tan, health benefits of persistent sunshine and heat can ensure a higher quality of life and an improved mental state. The tropical climate in Florida is occasionally punctured throughout its rainy season, May-October, however, these sudden downpours are short-lived, offering relief before sunshine reigns supreme once again.

And finally, it’s a paradise for growing families

You could be forgiven for thinking that Florida was founded with families in mind, and it’s easy to see why. From its revered education system to its iconic ice cream parlours, Disney World discounts for locals, outdoor pursuits and pro-sports, entertainment everywhere you turn, cultural diversity, water sports that get the whole family in the water, and its friendly, laid back culture make Florida the perfect home for growing families.

Will you be making the move? 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Neighborhood

Similar to how family plays a role in shaping a child’s life, the neighborhood settings do so too. Some neighborhoods are places where parents know all their neighbors, and children see optimistic role models. On the other hand, others are full of crime and violence, where neighbors don’t see eye to eye and the children’s home surrounding is affected by stress and loneliness.

It is, therefore, your duty as a parent to make sure that the neighborhood you reside in is safe for your kids. Consider luxury living to give your child a place where they can feel loved and protected.

Allow your Kids to Fail

To boost your kid’s self-confidence, put more focus on providing them with numerous opportunities to learn new skills and pay less attention to compliments. Mastery is the real self-confidence booster. Luckily, when it comes to children, almost everything they do is an opportunity to achieve mastery since everything is new to them. They learn how to crawl, stand, walk, feed, and dress; however, the problem is that parents tend to do too much for their kids and fail to give them the chance to fail.

Children will never know the art of mastery unless they are left to struggle and learn from their failures.

Some skills can be perfected on the first try. But with experience and mastery, they will develop the ‘I can do everything’ attitude, which will help them deal with future problems with positivity.

Foster your happiness

As a parent, you are responsible for your happiness. And since kids tend to absorb everything from you, your mood will play a vital role. A happy parent is more likely to raise a happy kid. But what are you doing for yourself? Did you know that children of depressed parents suffer double the degree of depression? That said, the best thing you can do for your kid’s mental health is attending to yours first.

Set some time aside to relax and rest. Foster your relationship with your spouse, and the happiness of your children will automatically follow.

Give them Time to Play and Reduce Screen time

Studies have confirmed a strong connection between happiness and reduced screen time. On the other hand, play is essential for the kid’s growth and learning. Less playtime can also result in developmental problems related to children’s physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being. 

Bottom Line

Raising well-rounded children is not a walk in the park; however, there are many things you can do to make them happy. Kids who know they are loved and cared for tend to prosper even when faced with difficult situations. Give your kids time to play, allow them to experience failure and success, and more essentially, provide them with a safe and secure environment.

Anne

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