When children get hearing aids, do they need to wear them their whole life? [Read More...]
Question: When children get hearing aids, do they need to wear them their whole life?
When a hearing test is done, the audiologist can determine the part of the ear that has a problem. When a hearing loss is caused by a problem in the outer or middle part of the ear, the doctor may be able to address the problem with medicine or surgery. If this is the case, the hearing loss is temporary, and hearing aids are not usually needed. When a hearing loss is caused by a problem in the inner part of the ear, it is usually a permanent hearing loss and unlikely to improve over time. If hearing aids are needed, they will likely be needed throughout life. Hearing aids provide amplification to overcome the problem that is making it harder for the child to hear. Sometimes hearing loss can get worse over time. For this reason, it is important to monitor your child’s hearing regularly. If hearing changes, the hearing aids can be adjusted, and if needed an evaluation for a cochlear implant can be done to see if an implant is needed.
Why does my daughter react to sounds when she is not wearing her hearing aids? [Read More...]
Question: Why does my daughter react to sounds when she is not wearing her hearing aids? How can her audiologist be sure she really has a hearing loss, she is only five months old?
For many parents the diagnosis of a hearing loss can be hard to understand. Often there are no physical signs you can see, and most children with hearing loss are born to parents who have normal hearing. Because this likely is not something you were expecting, it can be hard to accept. The tests used to determine hearing levels for infants check how each part of the ear is working, this provides detailed information about the part of the ear that has a problem. Our ears are sensitive to sounds from very low to very high pitches, and hearing levels are often different across the pitches. For example, it is common to hear low pitched sounds better then high pitched sounds. This means your daughter may hear and react to some sounds better than others. The hearing test results are recorded on a form called an audiogram. Ask your audiologist to give you a copy of the test results each time your daughter has a hearing test. It is important for you to understand what she hears and doesn’t hear so you know what to expect. There is a tutorial on how to read an audiogram if you want to learn more about how to understand the test results, and other helpful links are listed under resources for the tutorial.