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Causes of Hearing Loss

According to the national association, DeafHear, a relatively significant number of Irish children are born deaf yearly; an average of two every week. In the extended population, a variety of people experience a deficit in hearing. A qualified professional could determine what sound children are able and unable to hear.

The results of varied types of hearing tests are recorded on audiograms, or charts. Tests and their resultant audiograms will be completed for both left and right ear.  The results indicate the level (loudness) a sound must reach, before your child can hear it, without a hearing aid. Your child could be deaf in one ear, known as unilateral loss, or, both ears which is bilateral loss.

Children and Deafness

It is possible for a loss of hearing in children to originate from anywhere within the auditory structure. A combined sensor-neural and conductive hearing loss is generally called mixed. The hearing ability of a child could be affected by congenital or genetic issues, brain damage, head injuries, infections or loud noise.

There are two primary types of hearing loss:

Conductive loss of hearing

This type of hearing loss could be a temporary disability, occurring when vibrations from noise are prevented from reaching the inside of the ear. The causes associated with this disorder could be related to the following:

  • Infections of the middle ear
  • Uncommon growing of bone
  • Fluid content in the middle ear
  • A perforated eardrum
  • Wax in the ear canal
  • A head injury

Sensor-neural loss of hearing

This is a permanent type of hearing loss in the passage leading from inside the ear to those nerves that link with the brain. Causes related to this disorder are as follow:-

  • A traumatic experience
  • A head injury
  • Effects of a stroke
  • Meningitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Mumps
  • Various congenital issues
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • A nerve tumour
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Fully informed decisions

Should your child be diagnosed as suffering from deafness, it will be necessary to make informed decisions, regarding their communication and educational options. Professional help is available to support you in providing the best start in life. For making fully-informed decisions, it would be necessary to:

  • Research for information related to your child’s hearing loss and about deafness generally
  • Determine what you specifically want for your child
  • Consider the communication options most suitable for your child
  • Establish any possible benefits from a cochlear implant or hearing aid
  • Review the experiences of other parents who have deaf children
  • Find out if your area has a local visiting teacher for the deaf and make contact
  • Discover exactly what your locality has in the way of support services
  • Enquire whether the local pre-schools/primary schools have taught deaf pupils before
If you are concerned about your child's hearing, contact your GP. 

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