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Infant & Newborn Children Hearing Loss Causes


Can a child have hearing loss?

More than three million children in the US suffer from hearing loss, including a large portion of infants. Ear, nose and throat specialists, such as New York ENT, are trained professionals who can evaluate and diagnose child, newborn, and infant hearing loss causes after a careful evaluation and hearing tests.

What causes hearing loss in children?

Hearing loss in children can be caused by:

What are the symptoms of hearing loss in children?

Symptoms that may indicate ear infection or hearing loss in children are listed below, ranging depending on the age of the child.

Infant Hearing Loss and Ear Infection Symptoms

  • Pulling or scratching on ear
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Crying
  • Fever
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Irritability

Child Hearing Loss and Ear Infection Symptoms

  • Difficulty hearing
  • Loss of balance
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Fever
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Pressure in ears
  • Earache

When should I bring my child to see a doctor for hearing loss?

If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms, especially when severe or accompanied by a fever, it is important to see a doctor. The best way to prevent or repair hearing loss is to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist at New York ENT to evaluate your child’s condition and begin any necessary treatment.

How is hearing loss in children treated?

When ear wax buildup or infection are the cause of hearing loss, the child’s hearing loss can usually be restored without permanent damage. When the hearing loss is due to nerve malfunction (sensorineural hearing loss), it is usually permanent. However, Doctors at New York ENT are able to treat sensorineural hearing loss with hearing aids, medication, or surgical options for children and infants.

If you believe your child may be suffering from hearing loss, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of hearing and ear conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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