Parents should be aware of the symptoms of hearing loss in children. Children may have impaired hearing or deafness and not be able to verbally describe the problem to the parents. Being knowledgeable of the signs of hearing loss in children could potentially save the child’s hearing or avoid delays in speech development if the parents have the child’s hearing promptly evaluated.

The most common causes of hearing loss in children are injury during birth, head trauma, genetic conditions, illness, ear infections, and exposure to noise. A symptom of hearing loss in children is a delay in speech development. If the child is not showing age-appropriate speech, the doctor may give the child a hearing test to rule out a hearing impairment.

Some forms of hearing loss can cause tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears or hearing sounds that aren’t there. If the child complains of hearing ringing or buzzing noises or other noises that are not present in the environment, the parents should have the child’s hearing tested.

One of the symptoms of hearing loss in infants is the lack of a startle reflex. Babies with normal hearing flinch or have a jerky movement when there is a sudden, loud sound. An infant with hearing loss may not have this reaction to sound since they may not hear the sound.

A child with a hearing loss may have difficulty paying attention. A symptom of hearing loss in children is turning one ear to sound or difficulty hearing sound to one side. A child showing these symptoms of hearing loss may have unilateral hearing loss which is hearing loss in one ear.

Ear infections can cause a slight muffling of sound to more significant hearing loss. Symptoms of ear infections in children include tugging or rubbing the ears, noticeable difficulty hearing sounds, and irritability. If an ear infection is bacterial, the physician is likely to prescribe an antibiotic. If the child has recurrent ear infections, the doctor may suggest the surgical implantation of tubes in the ears to help prevent future infections.

The presence of symptoms of hearing impairment does not mean that the child definitely has hearing loss. If the parents notice any of the symptoms of hearing loss in children, they should have the child evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. The best outcomes for the treatment of hearing loss in children have been associated with prompt medical evaluation and treatment.