Degrees of hearing loss.
- Mild -- A child hears some speech.
- Moderate -- A child hears almost no speech.
- Severe -- A child hears no speech at a normal level.
- Profound -- A child hears no speech at any level.
Each child is unique, so is a child’s hearing loss. To help you understand the possible hearing solutions for your child, you should know how the ear works and how hearing loss is diagnosed with degrees and types of hearing loss. Your child's hearing loss doesn't have to get in the way of the ability to learn and live like other children.
Sound enters through our ears but is processed and understood by the brain. Children with hearing loss have the same listening potential as children born with normal hearing. If they are given access to sound via technology and sufficient spoken language exposure, their brains can learn to listen too.
The ears capture sound and provide the natural pathway for that sound to be transmitted to the hearing nerve where it is translated by the brain. It’s an amazing process. When all parts of the ear are healthy, here's how the process for hearing works:
Understanding hearing milestones for children with normal hearing can be important for your child's hearing experience.
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Knowing if your child has hearing loss can be difficult, especially in infancy. Here are some typical signs:
One to six out of every 1,000 children in the United States may be born with a severe to profound hearing loss.1 These fall into three categories:
This type of hearing loss is caused by a malfunctioning auditory nerve. This type of loss is permanent and caused by genetics, aging, disease, noise exposure or certain medications.
Sound cannot travel through the outer or middle ear because of malformation or other factors. This condition can be treatable depending on the cause.
This type of hearing loss is a combination of a conductive and a sensorineural hearing loss.
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