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This entry was posted on 22nd March 2018 by Gary.
Hearing loss in teenagers is on the rise, but how do we spot problems?
In this post, we guide you through the signs of hearing loss, and what to do if you suspect your child is suffering from a potential impairment.
It is fair to say that when your child hits those teenage years, all sorts of crazy hormonal and physical changes occur. Mood swings, blank expressions and a tendency to use low guttural grunts instead of words are the standard stereotypes attributed to growing up – or are they?
Hearing impairment in our teenagers is a growing problem. According to TeensHealth, some experts claim hearing loss is occurring at a much earlier age than 30 years ago. By identifying and treating the condition before any significant damage has occurred, you could save your child’s hearing.
Hearing loss occurs when part of the ear becomes damaged in some way. It can be ‘congenital’, meaning there was a loss of hearing at birth or ‘acquired’, for those who gradually or suddenly develop a hearing impairment during their lifetime. Hearing loss can be attributed to a number of factors:
There are certain behaviours that should flag your concern if a pattern forms:
If as a parent, you suspect your child to be suffering from some form of hearing loss, seek advice from a medical professional, where a referral to an audiologist may be necessary. With some conditions, there are a number of treatments available to help restore a loss of hearing and to halt further damage, including medication or surgery. With the advance of modern technology, there are also a variety of discreet, invisible hearing aids to choose from that would be perfect for a self-conscious teen.
As with our eyes, we only have one set of ears, so it’s important we learn how best to protect ourselves and our children from an increasingly noisy world.
Take our free online hearing test to check your hearing. Results will indicate if you should take further action to prevent a further loss of hearing.
Please note that the check is not designed for children. If you have concerns about your child's hearing, you should consult a medical professional for full diagnostic testing.
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. At Hearing Direct, you will find a number of affordable devices, as well as valuable resources, information, tips, and guides to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing.
This entry was posted in Hearing Information, Hearing Loss, Hearing Test, News, Opinion, Tinnitus and tagged tinnitus, Hearing loss, USA on 22nd March 2018 by Gary.
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