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Quiet Children May Struggle With Hearing Loss

Quiet Children May Struggle With Hearing Loss

There isn’t a parent out there that hasn’t suspected their child may suffer from hearing loss. That is usually due to a rebellious child who refuses to listen. But what about the quiet children who don’t cause a ruckus?

While being introverted can be one explanation why a child is quiet, hearing impairment is a less explored option. Most people consider the realm of hearing aids and hearing loss restricted to the elderly. But there are serious consequences for children suffering from hearing loss beyond them being quieter than the average child.

Ways Hearing Loss Impact A Child’s Development

Being overly quiet can be a defense mechanism of a child who is suffering from hearing loss. However, there are more concrete ways you can use to identify if your child is simply quiet or possibly suffering in silence.

  • Speech impairment – Children with hearing impairment struggle with hearing particular letters which don’t make a firm sound, such as “sh”, “s”, “t”, “k”, and “f”. This can lead to them mumbling through words they are unsure of pronouncing or slurring words together. Also, children with hearing impairments are more likely to have a lower vocabulary as they struggle to hear and comprehend words.
  • Poor academics – There are two areas which children with hearing loss tend to struggle: math and reading. Both of these subject areas require children to have good hearing to learn and understand the concepts being presented. As reading in particular impacts many other areas of academics, the problem can soon spread to all academic subjects as the child with hearing loss grows up.
  • Low socialization – Hearing loss can prompt children to be quiet around others as they struggle to converse and play. Much of a child’s early development comes from socialization with others, which can leave a hearing impaired child developmentally behind if there is no intervention.

Types Of Hearing Loss In Children

To find out if your quiet child is struggling with hearing loss, you will need to take them to an audiologist. The audiologist will be able to perform a variety of hearing tests and determine the extent of your child’s hearing loss. There are two general types of hearing loss commonly found in children.

  • Unilateral hearing loss – This occurs from birth as your child is born with hearing impairment. Children with unilateral hearing loss have hearing impairment in both ears, but it does not become worse over time.
  • Progressive hearing loss – While children are also born with this type of hearing loss, it does not maintain the same level of hearing loss over time. Children with progressive hearing loss need to have an audiologist monitor their hearing closely as the hearing loss progresses.

Even if your child is not born with a hearing impairment, there are several other factors which can impact your child’s hearing:

  • Illness
  • Trauma
  • Medication

So be sure to have your child’s hearing checked regularly. Better to make sure your child is being quiet on purpose rather than the choice being imposed on them due to hearing loss.

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