Hearing Tests- A Back To School Essential
Date posted: August 5, 2016
As you gear up to send your kids to school again we’ve got something to add to your back to school checklist: a hearing test! Hearing loss in children can occur for a range of reasons from genetics to ear infections to exposure to loud noise. Most children in the United States are screened for hearing loss at birth, but should have yearly screenings to ensure nothing has changed. Experts believe noise induced hearing loss is poised to become one of the top ailments of this generations due to kids constant use of earbuds and headphones, turned up to high levels.
Sending a child to school with undiagnosed hearing loss is like setting them up for failure. How do you expect them to learn if they can’t hear what is going on? Inability to hear the teacher can result in speech and language developmental delays as well as behavioral problems.
A mild hearing loss or hearing loss in just one ear may be difficult for a parent or teacher to detect, but still cause set backs to a child’s learning. That is why it is best to have their hearing tested by a professional. Hearing loss in children is often the result of earwax or fluid in the ear, which can be treated and hearing restored.
Some signs of hearing loss in children include:
- Not responding to his/her name
- Not following directions (frequently mistaken for not paying attention or ignoring – leading to behavior issues)
- No interest in class
- Frequent requests to repeat what was said
- Developmental delays
According to the CDC nearly 15% of children in the U.S. ages 6 to 19 have hearing loss. If they receive proper treatment for their hearing loss early these children can go on to learn and develop along with their hearing peers.
Don’t send your child to school with a learning curve. Have their hearing tested yearly so you know they are hearing every single thing the teacher is saying.