infants and children

infants and children

Families Fight for CMV Screenings

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common virus in the United States, but few know it can cause permanent health problems in unborn babies.

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Exposure to Spoken Communication in Children with Cochlear Implants During the COVID-19 Lockdown

The lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to many potential negative effects on children. There are many concerns about what it means for socialization, education, nutrition, and how children who need additional resources in school will fare.

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Caregiver Hearing Aid Management Challenges in Infants

The benefits of newborn hearing screening and early intervention for infants and young children identified as Deaf or hard of hearing are well established. Research has focused less on the challenges of hearing aid management for parents and caregivers for infants who are fit early on in their journey.   

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Noisy Toys List 2020

The Sight and Hearing Association’s Noisy Toys list was released last week.

This year marks their 23rd year of reporting toys that exceed, or come close to, the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety’s 85 dB cutoff for mandatory hearing protection.

This year, 14 out of 24 toys, exceeded the cutoff.

Topping the list is Little Baby Bongo Drums by The Learning Journey, coming in at 105.5 dB when measured at 0 inches, and 89.7 dB when measured at 10 inches, roughly the length of a young child’s arm.

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Academy Expresses Concerns Regarding Proposed Cuts to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

The Academy, as a member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA), sent a letter of concern to the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in response to a Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration proposal to cut funding to an Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) grant that currently supports newborn hearing screening in the District of Columbia (DC.). 

Children and Hearing Loss

Children and Hearing Loss

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: 

  • Wear proper hearing protection (earmuffs or earplugs) when in noisy environments (concerts, sporting events, fireworks displays, car races). Hearing protection comes in a variety of sizes and textures to provide an optimum fit. Custom-made earplugs can be obtained from an audiologist.
  • Turn down the volume. 
  • Walk away from loud noise.

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 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. 


Infant having hearing tested

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | Year 2019 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) activities beginning at the birth hearing screening and culminating in early intervention have positively impacted outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families in the United States and worldwide. 

Topic(s): infants and children, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), pediatrics, infant hearing, Newborn Hearing Screening, Sign Language, Hearing thresholds

Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

Infant having hearing tested

ACADEMY NEWS | New! Clinical Guidance Document: Assessment of Infants and Young Children

The practice of pediatric audiology is an art and a science. Engaging young children to achieve accurate and comprehensive results requires a strong foundation of technique (science), creativity (art), and flexibility. 

Topic(s): infants and children, pediatrics, academy news, assessment


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020