Hearing Loss in Children Directory
Some infants are born with hearing loss (congenital hearing loss), which can hinder speech development, but doctors may not identify the hearing loss until later in the baby's life when he or she misses certain developmental milestones. There are a variety of causes of hearing loss besides congenital hearing loss, including ear infections, genetic disorders, illnesses that trigger hearing loss, head injuries, medications, and more. Some children may develop hearing loss because of listening to loud music or other loud noises. If you suspect your child cannot hear well, talk to your child's doctor. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how child hearing loss occurs, symptoms, treatments, and much more.
Help for Parents of Children With Hearing Loss
Here are tips on recognizing a hearing problem in your child and getting the assistance he or she needs.
Why Do I Need an Ear Exam?
Reasons you need an ear exam.
Hearing Loss: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hearing loss.
The Basics of Tinnitus
Get the basics on tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears, from the experts at WebMD.
When a Child Can't Hear
Discover a child's hearing loss just as other parents of hearing-impaired children do: by realizing that their child hadn't started to talk or respond to sounds.
Does Your Child Have Hearing Loss?
Some 12,000 American children are born each year with impaired hearing.
Treating Childhood Hearing Loss
Growing up with impaired hearing can have devastating effects on a child's ability to speak and use language. But newly-available devices and treatments can prevent the worst of these complications -- if parents remain alert to warning signs and act quickly.
The MP3 Generation: At Risk for Hearing Loss?
Experts discuss the possible risk to hearing from listening to MP3s for long periods of time.