Bilateral Hearing Loss in Children: Helping Them Cope Up

Posted by:gulf onAugust 6, 2017

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Dealing with children suffering from hearing loss requires longer patience and deeper commitment, given the level of dependence they place on adults. A child with bilateral hearing loss, which refers to hearing loss in both ears, may be more sensitive and prone to tantrums, not to mention the possibility of speech difficulty, which may eventually lead to inability to express their emotions and thoughts well.

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The management of this problem depends on the nature of the hearing loss. Children suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss may be able to live properly through hearing aids. Those who have been deaf from birth may better adapt to cochlear implants. In majority of cases, however, children or individuals who have bilateral hearing loss are usually diagnosed as being deaf.

It is important for parents and guardians not to allow this statistic to deter them from finding ways to help children cope up with their condition.

A cross-sectional study that was published on July 8, 2017 in the journal “Pediatrics” reveals the improvement noted on the vocabulary skills of children with bilateral hearing loss if they met all of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) guidelines. The following are EHDI’s three major components:

  • Hearing screening by one month. There are two screening tests that may be used: Automated Auditory Brainstem Reponses (AABR) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE). Both tests are painless and can be done while the baby is asleep or lying still.
  • Diagnosis of hearing loss by three months
  • Intervention by six months

The earlier the hearing loss is diagnosed, the higher the chances are for the audiologist to help manage the condition. Parents have the responsibility to ensure that their child undergoes the required screening tests so as not to deprive the child of the chance to communicate in whatever means available.

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