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How To Tell If Your Child Has Worrisome Balance Issues

How To Tell If Your Child Has Worrisome Balance Issues

Bumping into stationary objects and even tripping over their own feet is fairly common behavior from children of all ages. So parents end up expecting a certain amount of clumsy behavior from their children and don’t feel the need to rush their child to an audiologist for balance testing. However, sometimes a child’s balance issues are a symptom of a more serious problem.

Symptoms Related To Balance Issues In Children

There are several symptoms which may point to potential balance issues in children beyond just them being very clumsy. Some of the main indicators are:

  • Frequent dizzy spells
  • Persistent headaches or migraines
  • Feels pressure/pain in ear
  • Tinnitus (ringing, humming, or buzzing) in ear
  • Nausea/vomiting

How To Diagnose A Child’s Balance Problem

While you can see several of the above symptoms, there is no definite way to diagnose a balance issue from your home.

Instead, if your child is showing some of the above symptoms, you should have them checked out by an audiologist. An audiologist can help with balance issues since in many cases, balance and hearing issues are interlinked. There are several tests which they can perform to check for a balance issue.

  • Hearing tests – An audiologist will perform a series of hearing tests to ascertain just where the hearing issue may be rooted
  • Balance evaluation – After determining the symptoms your child is struggling with, the audiologist will perform a series of balance tests.

If it turns out the symptoms are not linked to hearing or balance, your audiologist will be able to refer you to which specialist you may need to help your child.

Correcting Balance Issues In Children

Usually, balance issues can be corrected with minimal to moderate intervention if there are no underlying neurological causes. Some of the things your audiologist will suggest are:

  • Hearing aid – If the balance issue is rooted in hearing impairment, the audiologist will recommend your child wear hearing aids.
  • Medication change – If your child takes medications, they may affect your child’s hearing. Switching medication can alleviate this issue.
  • Listening therapy – An audiologist may recommend your child participate in listening therapy. Using music and sounds, the audiologist will help the child work on the connection between their balance and hearing.

Most importantly, you should not wait if you notice your child is struggling with balance issues. The problem can be corrected easily if you catch it early, so be sure you respond quickly if you notice your child displaying any of the worrisome symptoms of balance loss.

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