Hearing loss among children is the most difficult to determine. They normally won’t express themselves they are experiencing a problem, or they won’t really know that the problem exists at all, especially if this is something that they were born with or acquired at a younger age.
This is why parents need to know and be aware of the signs that would tell whether their child has a hearing loss problem or not. This is after all, the most common birth defect among American children. They can be diagnosed at an early age, but for school children, this sometimes goes unnoticed.
There are several signs that can help you determine if your child is experiencing a hearing problem. Below are 5 of the major signs that should prompt you to get your child checked by a hearing professional as soon as possible.
Social Isolation and Withdrawal
Children with hearing loss problems won’t be able to tell what is normal social behavior. Not being able to hear is something that they are already used to, which means that they are unaware of this problem. They would not be able to interact the same way as other children with normal hearing do.
If you notice your child avoiding social situations, like parties, family events, and other activities, you should take it seriously. Kids with hearing problems normally feel overwhelmed when surrounded by many people who would like to interact with them. What can be more difficult is if you ask your child about this, they would not be able to communicate exactly what it is that bothers them. This is because kids with hearing loss also have speech problems.
Learning Difficulties in School
It is normal for kids to sometimes get left behind when it comes to their academics and other school-related activities. But if your child often or consistently gets called out for not paying attention, ignoring directions, or cannot keep healthy communication with his/her teachers and classmates, then it may be time to get an expert’s opinion.
Not Able to Follow Directions
Articulation, verbal expression, and other speech components are greatly affected if a child has a hearing loss problem. Their responses are not normal and would not make sense to someone who can hear. You need to really pay attention when your child gets confused easily.
For example, when you ask a child to get something for you, and they bring you the wrong item, that is a serious sign. They easily get confused and can’t follow simple easy instructions.
Turns the Volume Too Loud
Kids who speak louder than anyone else and need to turn the volume higher than usual could have hearing problems. When a child gets accused of being loud, this may be because they have a unilateral hearing loss. This means the problem is only in one ear, and this could be difficult to diagnose.
So before scolding your child, and thinking that they have behavioral problems, you may want to get them checked first by a hearing expert to determine the root of the problem.
Parents often have to deal with their kids not paying attention or not responding when being called. This should not be considered selective hearing right away. This may be a genuine hearing problem. Just make sure to check the signs. If you call them, and they seem confused, have to ask you again what you said, and looks at your lips when you talk, then it is best to see a doctor and have your child thoroughly checked.
It may be difficult to determine whether your child really does have hearing loss or not, but nothing beats being sure. Just follow your instincts. If you feel like something isn’t right, get your child tested. Call Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846 for proper hearing testing for your child, and you will also be guided on what your next steps need to be.