Pediatric hearing loss is a major concern, as it can have widespread effects on a child’s development from infancy to adulthood. At West Coast Hearing Clinic, we offer a wide range of pediatric hearing services for infants, children and teens.
Children’s hearing healthcare should begin when they are just a few days old and continue through their adolescent years. About 3 in every 1000 babies are born with impaired hearing, making hearing loss the most common birth defect in the U.S. This trend only worsens as a child grows; 1.4 million children suffer from pediatric hearing loss in the U.S., and 1 in 5 American teens today show signs of hearing loss.
Pediatric Hearing Screening Recommendations
As a parent, your child’s hearing should remain a medical priority through his or her childhood and teenage years. Children who suffer from undiagnosed hearing loss can have major developmental problems behaviorally, socially, emotionally and academically.
A child’s first hearing screening should occur at birth and is usually performed at the hospital. The purpose isn’t to diagnose hearing loss; rather, it just indicates if there may be a problem with the newborn’s hearing. Any newborn with irregular results should see an audiologist for a complete pediatric hearing assessment immediately. This evaluation reveals temporary hearing problems like infections or blockages, as well as permanent hearing conditions that require long-term treatment.
If your child’s infant hearing screening was normal, you should still continue to get his or her hearing checked regularly—at age 3, kindergarten and every other year until high school. Teens, like adults, should get regular hearing exams every three to five years.
Our Pediatric Hearing Services
At West Coast Hearing Clinic, we offer complete pediatric services at both our Aberdeen and South Bend locations. Dr. Scoones has been performing newborn hearing screenings, newborn complete hearing exams and pediatric hearing assessments on children of all ages since 1985. You can rest assured your child is receiving experienced, trustworthy hearing care every time you visit our offices.