A child’s hearing plays a significant role in their success, both social and educational. In our last blog, we discussed common causes of hearing loss in children, hearing milestones, and signs of hearing loss to look out for. If you have noticed signs of hearing loss in your child, the first thing you will want to do is schedule an appointment for a hearing test.
At Platinum Hearing Aids in Detroit, our team of audiologists are passionate about helping each patient get the best care and service. If hearing aids are needed, we’ll be there to provide all of the necessary details and fittings to ensure that patients are comfortable and informed. Give us a call today to learn more about our services.
Types of Childhood Hearing Loss
This type of hearing loss typically occurs in conjunction with an ear infection and is common in young children or infants. Conductive hearing loss is generally caused by a blockage that stops the transmission of sound to the inner ear. Hearing loss tends to be mild, doesn’t last very long, and can be treated with medicine and in extreme cases, surgery.
This type of hearing loss is when there is either damage or a structural problem with the inner ear, or cochlea. It can sometimes be caused by issues with the auditory cortex, which is the part of the brain that controls hearing. Cochlear hearing loss sometimes involves the inner and/or outer hair cells. Sensorineural hearing loss is common at birth, it can be inherited, it can be caused by medical problems, or sometimes the cause is unknown. The degree of hearing loss is either mild, moderate, severe, or profound. Hearing loss of this type can get worse over time, so it’s important to visit with an audiologist regularly for testing. It is typically permanent, however, hearing aids can help.
The most difficult type of hearing loss to treat, central hearing loss is when the cochlea is functioning properly, but parts of the brain are not. This is a rare form of hearing loss and is difficult to treat.
Hearing Loss Treatments for Children
Even for children with profound hearing loss, hearing aids are the most common treatment. With advanced technology, there are certain high-powered models that help children hear better. Platinum Hearing Aids can work to ensure that the hearing aids are comfortable and will remain in place for busy, active children, and models that are discreet to avoid feelings of self-consciousness.
These are devices that are surgically placed in the ear and work to stimulate the auditory nerve. There are also external devices and models that can be held in place with a headband. These are an option when hearing aids aren’t enough.
Assistive Listening Devices
These often work in conjunction with hearing aids and are most often used in classrooms or situations where there is a lot of background noise. In a classroom, the teacher would wear a small microphone that transmits directly to a child’s hearing aid or implant.
We understand that situations involving children and hearing loss can be incredibly difficult, but the audiologists at Platinum Hearing Aids believes in providing compassionate care for each of our patients. Give us a call today to schedule a hearing test and to learn more about being fitted for hearing aids.