Hearing Loss in Children
Children who require different kinds of medication in their infancy may be more susceptible to hearing loss if their treatment is not properly conducted.
Acquired hearing loss in children can be hugely impactful on their early development and may affect their social and communicatory skills.
Issues occasionally experienced by children that suffer hearing loss include a slower development in their vocabulary, speech impairment, a delayed comprehension of sentence and conversation structure and a difficulty in social functioning.
Options to combat this include hearing aids, implants, speech and language therapy and assistive listening devices, all of which can be a major help if correctly managed.
Hearing loss can also be congenital, meaning it is present at birth and is usually the result of a genetic condition or an issue involving an infection during pregnancy.
The HSE National Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme ensures that newborn babies receive a hearing loss screening within the first month of their lives.
If problems with an infant’s hearing are discovered at that stage, it is vital that medical practitioners are able to intervene and begin a course of treatment.
Understandably, this process is delicate and doctors carry a duty of care to the children involved to protect them from further damage.