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
- How Do We Test an Infant or Toddler?
- Developmental Milestones
- Signs of Hearing Loss in an Older Child
- Categories of Hearing Loss
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.