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Hearing Impaired Children and Detection
Most hospitals now test for hearing impairment as soon as your
baby is born, and follow up testing can be repeated at
intervals throughout your child's life. If deafness runs in
your family, you will want to be especially vigilant, because
early detection means being able to take a proactive stance.
that might be associated with a child being hard of hearing
include having low birth weight, illness at birth, early use of
antibiotics, damage to the skull or ear drum, or illness of the
mother. A hearing screening can usually assure parents that
their child's ears are functioning normally.
The sooner a hearing impairment is noticed, the sooner you
can address it with training, surgery, hearing aids or other
forms of assistance.
Your newborn will probably be tested by a professional
before leaving the hospital, but if no one mentions the
testing to you, ask to have it done. You can also check your
child's hearing at home: deafness shows up in behavior. Here
are some signs that your child is hearing normally: anytime
you're worried about your child's hearing, have it tested.
1. Your baby reacts to loud or sudden noises. He or she is
startled when there is a loud sound.
2. Your baby at three months or more turns her head when you
speak to her, looking for you. She can sometimes be calmed by
your singing or talking with her.
3. Your baby babbles and coos, trying to talk. You can play
games with her, imitating each other's sounds.
4. Your toddler talks, makes up words and tries to imitate the
words you say. He listens to TV at normal volume, notices when
the radio is on and looks for strange sounds. (If your toddler
seems to have a speech delay or stops making progress at a
certain point, see your doctor.)
What if my baby is hearing impaired?
You still have many options. Cochlear implants have restored
normal hearing to some hearing impaired people. Modern hearing
aids are effective and compact, so some people with hearing
impairment can get back enough hearing to function normally.
Even if your child is profoundly deaf, there are school that
teach sign language, lip reading and even normal speech. There
are hearing impaired people who have learned to lip read and
speak so normally that others cannot tell they can't hear. There
are support groups for parents and play groups for children.
There will be challenges, but your child can still lead a
normal, healthy and happy life.
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