Hearing loss in children can often be attributed to problems in the external ear, middle ear, eardrum, or ossicles. These can all cause conductive hearing loss, meaning sounds are not traveling correctly through the ear structure.
Hearing loss among children and adolescents is often unrecognized and undiagnosed since many of the symptoms are similar to those seen as normal childhood behaviors. Hallmarks like not reacting when spoken to can be seen as simply not paying attention.
Children with hearing loss often have difficulty at school, at home, and in social situations. If not addressed, hearing loss can lead to lack of confidence and self-esteem issues. However, according to the World Health Association, 60% of childhood hearing loss is preventable. Even if hearing loss is unavoidable, appropriate early interventions can help ensure that children with hearing loss reach their full potential.
Common causes of conductive hearing loss include:
If conductive hearing loss is suspected, an audiologist should be consulted.
Conductive hearing loss in children can often be attributed to problems in the external ear, middle ear, eardrum, or ossicles which result in sounds not traveling correctly through the ear structure.