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Hui Shing Andy Lau, AuD, gave a brief overview of pediatric hearing loss and the importance of seeing an audiologist. If you or your child are experiencing hearing loss, find an audiologist in your area and schedule a screening today.

Hearing Loss in Children 

Although hearing loss can happen at any age, a growing number of kids and teens are damaging their hearing by prolonged noise exposure to loud noise. This type of damage is called noise-induced hearing loss, which is permanent and is almost always preventable! Approximately 12 percent of all children ages 6–19 have noise-induced hearing loss.

Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells that are found in the inner ear. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back, causing permanent hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can be immediate or it can take a long time to be noticeable.

Prevention includes understanding the hazards of noise and practicing good hearing health. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by prolonged exposure to any loud noise over 85dB.

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How to protect your child’s hearing:

Childhood noise risks include:

Noisy toys  Sporting events 
Band class  Motorbikes
Farm equipment  Movie theaters 
Shop class  Arcades 
Concerts  Firearms 
Firecrackers and fireworks  Power tools
MP3 Players   

 

To help you and your child learn more about hearing, hearing loss, and hearing protection, download these educational worksheets and games.

If you have a newborn, don’t forget to get a newborn hearing screening.

If you think your child may have a hearing loss and/or you would like more information regarding hearing protection, an audiologist can help navigate these needs. Therefore, “Find an Audiologist” and set up an appointment to get your child’s hearing checked. 

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