Children and Hearing Loss
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) refers to the process of screening every newborn for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge, whereby infants not passing the screening receive appropriate diagnostic evaluation before three months of age and, when necessary, are enrolled in early intervention programs by six months of age.
Hearing screening is a test to tell if a child might have hearing loss. Hearing screening is easy and is not painful. In fact, babies are often asleep while being screened. It takes a very short time — usually only a few minutes.
The earlier a hearing loss is detected in infants the better the outcome for language and speech development.
In children, hearing loss can be confused with a learning disability, however this could be due to his/ her inability to hear what the teacher is saying.
Even a mild hearing loss or a one-sided hearing loss can affect school work. Research has shown that on average, children with mild hearing loss perform poorer than their normally-hearing peers and may need to repeat a grade.
Hearing is one of the five senses. It is a complex process of picking up sound and attaching meaning to it. The ability to hear is critical to understanding the world around us.read more
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Facts on Hearing Loss in Children
On average, most children with hearing-impairments are identified after most speech and language development.
Children with hearing impairments in India are more likely to face discrimination, poverty, and poor academic performance. Additionally, children with hearing impairments have significantly higher rates of depression and other mental health issues.
Despite the fact that 1 out of 10 people are impacted by hearing loss, hearing studies attract less than 1% of medical research.
According to 2005 estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), 278 million people worldwide have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears.
250 million people in the world have disabling hearing impairment- 2/3rds of these people live in impoverished nations.