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My husband has had a hearing loss since he was a child. How will I know if our baby also has a hearing problem? – Joyce
A family history of hearing loss does put a newborn at higher risk for having a hearing loss. But rest assured, your baby’s hearing can be monitored closely so that if there is a problem, treatment can begin as soon as possible.
In most states, hospitals do a newborn hearing screening before the baby goes home. If it’s not done then, or the baby was born at home or a birthing center, it’s important to get a newborn hearing screening within the first 3 weeks of life.
A baby who doesn’t pass a hearing screening doesn’t necessarily have a hearing loss. A retest to confirm the hearing loss should be done within the first 3 months of life. If it confirms a problem, doctors should start treatment by the time the child is 6 months old.
Even if your newborn passes the initial hearing screening, watch for signs that he or she is hearing well. Hearing milestones that should be reached in the first year of life include:
A child may be at higher risk for hearing loss if he or she:
Kids should have their hearing evaluated at regular checkups. Hearing tests usually are done at ages 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, and 18 years, and at other times if there’s a concern.
If you have any concerns about your baby’s hearing, talk with your doctor.
Hearing problems can be overcome if they’re caught early, so it’s important to get your child’s hearing screened early and checked regularly.
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Some kids have hearing loss due to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), a problem in the transmission of sound from the inner ear to the brain.
Ear injuries not only can affect a child’s hearing, but sense of balance too. That’s because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.
An auditory brainstem response (ABR) test is a safe and painless test that gives health care providers information about possible hearing loss.
Kids with APD can’t process what they hear as other kids do, because their ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. But early diagnosis and therapy can improve their hearing skills.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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