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Child Hearing Treatment

Hearing loss at any age is an emotional issue. Fortunately, many causes of hearing loss are treatable, and it is often possible to return the sounds of childhood to a young life.

Untreated hearing loss can affect your child’s ability to develop speech and language and impact their educational success. The earlier a hearing loss is identified and intervention begins, the more successful your child will be.

If you are concerned about your child’s hearing ability, have them evaluated by an audiologist. At Eastside Audiology, a parent’s intuition is highly valued and respected. Even if your friends and family feel you are overreacting, or your physician is reluctant to provide a referral, follow your instinct and put your mind at ease. The evaluation is simple, painless, non-invasive, and fun!

Newborn Hearing Screening

All babies born at hospitals in Washington State are given a newborn hearing screening. Often these screenings are done at the hospital prior to discharge, or at a follow-up appointment shortly after. Results of these tests are either a “pass” or a “refer”. There are many reasons the screening may result in a “refer” (not pass the initial screening), so don’t panic, but make sure to have your child re-evaluated within the first month of life to make sure the reason for the non-pass result was a temporary problem.

Further Child Hearing Treatment Resources

For more specific information about your situation, please contact our office and ask for one of our Doctors of Audiology. We are here to answer any of your questions and alleviate your concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Earbuds allow us to listen to music anywhere, anytime, and for long periods of time. This is the perfect storm for hearing loss, as the decibel level (the sound pressure) and the length of listening time affect how much damage is done. Loud music destroys the fine hairs that stimulate auditory nerve fibers, which send signals to the brain to interpret sound. Sound becomes damaging at 85 decibels (the sound level of a bulldozer idling). Listen to your MP3 player at about 70% to avoid damage. Or try the 60/60 rule: Listen to your device at 60% volume for 60 minutes at a time.
Most children receive their first hearing screening shortly after birth. All states have implemented newborn hearing screenings into hospitals and birthing clinics, and most screenings happen before the parent and child are discharged. If the child does not pass the test twice, they are referred to an audiologist for further testing.
Your baby should have a basic newborn hearing screening performed before being discharged from the hospital. If your infant has not had this yet, it is important to have your child’s hearing evaluated, preferably within the first three weeks of life. Kids who seem to have normal hearing should continue to have their hearing evaluated at regular checkups. Typically, hearing tests are scheduled at ages 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, and 18.
Children who seem inattentive may be experiencing hearing loss. Other signs:

• Infants and newborns may not startle at sounds or respond to whispers
• Speech may be delayed or unclear
• Turning up the television volume too high
• Asking “what?” often
The sooner the issue is addressed, the better the chances of successful treatment. If you believe your child has a hearing loss, please contact us for an appointment. Our practice provides family-centered treatment that focuses on thorough hearing testing, diagnosis, and follow-up appointments if necessary.
While the types of hearing loss in children are the same as in adults (conductive, sensorineural, and mixed), there are differences in what they are more susceptible to. For example, teens are at a greater risk for high-frequency hearing loss because of their lifestyle choices (loud concerts, music volume), while younger children may experience conductive hearing loss caused by otitis media or an ear infection. This is usually because the eustachian tube — the passage between the middle ear and the back of the throat — isn’t able to drain because of its shorter passage and horizontal setting.