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Parents & Children

Parents & Children

Hearing Loss in Children 

Approximately 12 percent of all children ages 6–19 have noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent and is almost always preventable! 

Hearing loss can happen at any age. A growing number of teens and kids are damaging their hearing by prolonged exposure to loud noise. 

Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells that are found in our 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. 

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. 

60 dB  Normal conversations or dishwashers 
80 dB  Alarm clocks 
90 dB  Hairdryers, blenders, and lawnmowers 
100 dB  MP3 players at full volume 
110 dB  Concerts (any music genre), car racing, and sporting events 
120 dB  Jet planes at take-off 
130 dB  Ambulances 
140 dB  Gunshots, fireworks, and custom car stereos at full volume 


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 

If you think your child may have a hearing loss, “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