How to Manage Hearing Loss in Children
It's important to find and treat hearing loss early. This can prevent additional problems
with a child's speech and language development. A healthcare team approach is normally
used when a child is diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss. Team members include
Audiologist. A provider who specializes in assessing and managing hearing and balance problems
in people of all ages. Audiologists also help with the fitting and management of hearing
aids and other assistive devices.
Otolaryngologist. A healthcare provider with special training in medical and surgical treatment for
children who have disorders of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT doctor).
Speech-language pathologist. A provider who helps evaluate and manage speech, language, and hearing problems in
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also
depend on how severe the condition is.
Managing hearing loss may include one or more of the following:
Hearing aids. Electronic or battery-operated devices that can amplify and change sound. A microphone
receives the sound and changes it into sound waves. The sound waves are then changed
into electrical signals.
Cochlear implants. A surgically placed device that helps to send electrical stimulation to the inner
ear. Only children with hearing loss too severe for hearing aid use are candidates
for this type of device. Talk with your child's healthcare provider for more information.
Training in sign language, lip reading, and other language approaches. There are many different types of language approaches. These include sign language
and lip reading. Some families choose to use just one method. Others combine communication
strategies from a few different types.